Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2012

Document Type



Art History

First Advisor

Albert Alhadeff


This Thesis examines Unica Zürn’s China Ink Drawings with reference to her autobiographical writings and family history. These works from the 1960’s are obsessive line drawings. Their complicated structure and imagery makes them appear impossible to navigate. However, certain themes connect the drawings and provide points of reference making them intelligible. Zürn transforms her fixation with the idealized image of her father, a Lacanian object of loss and desire, Ralph Zürn, into the figures and landscapes in these most visually difficult and entrancing drawings.