Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2017

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Laurel Farrin

First Committee Member

John Dilg

Second Committee Member

Susan C. White

Third Committee Member

Sue Hettmansperger


As people living in 2017, what, if anything, have we come to know about art as a whole? What can we say about the artistic impulse? What is art for, and what does it stand to show us about ourselves today? In this paper, I try to address these questions, from the standpoint of both an artist and a human being. Examining art as ancient as the prehistoric cave paintings, as well as art of the present day, I discuss certain ontological traits that art-making has both lost and maintained over the years. Through Heidegger’s philosophy of Being, Tillich’s theology of New Being, and Stephen King’s depictions of the uncanny, I explore the idea that all creative acts ultimately point us back to our own mortality and finitude.


viii, 19 pages


Includes bibliographical references (page 19).


Copyright © 2017 Stephen W. Evans

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