Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
Terry James Conrad
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Consumerism and Death are both very political and ever present in our lives. Violence and death are seemingly on the rise, coinciding with the use of media as a distraction. It seems as though every time there is a catastrophic event, the president takes to social media to pick fights or make outlandish claims to distract the people from what is truly happening. Consumption of physical goods is another fixation heightened by the media and celebrities. For the average human, keeping up with social trends is the thing to do, and there is such a quick turn around with what item is considered “hot”. This way of living leads to mass production, leading to mass consumption, ending with mass waste. This societal residue of consumption is pushing us ever closer to mass extinction and we can’t seem to kick our wasteful habits.
All of my work for my MFA show will be like encountering an ooey-gooey shiny glitter coated acid bomb. The viewers will be drawn in with the sweet scent of sugary treats and hypnotized by the bright sun-shiny colors, only to realize they’ve been distracted and an acidic tinge lingers in the air. The dark rippling undertones start to reveal themselves to the audience and suddenly we realize that it's not all fun and games. Behind the bright colors are dark truths ready to spew some truth juice into your blissed out mindset.
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Copyright © 2018 Cameron Eliza Lee York
York, Cameron Eliza Lee. "Sweet, slick, & wicked." MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2018.