Title

Guts

Author

Sam Cikauskas

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Melanie Yazzie

Second Advisor

Albert Chong

Third Advisor

Kim Dickey

Fourth Advisor

Melanie Walker

Abstract

Blurring digital and analog processes of printmaking, I create painted relief sculptures of digestive organs that are enveloped in multiplied color prints of flowering chamomile, peppermint, fennel and marshmallow. I've begun investigating the properties of these plants due to a recent diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder. The ingesting of these plants, along with the act of carving and printing has been a therapeutic process. Historically flowers have been gifted to the deceased, recently wed, and sick loved ones. This gestural form of communication extends the capacity of human language. The pairing of flowers with the winding path of the intestinal tract suggests a harmonious relationship between the inside and outside world and acts as a metaphor for life's journey.

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