Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2014

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Francoise Duresse

Second Advisor

Mike Womack

Third Advisor

Beverly Weber


Cassidy Robison


In the following document I justify the context of my work and outline the development of a visual language and a narrative system. This system was developed through the utilization of chance and Dadaist deconstruction. Medieval Iconography, children’s literature and media, surrealist imagery, and the works of painter Hieronymus Bosch influenced the imagery generated within this system. The purpose of the work was to develop paintings, which are translated into a deck of cards. Each image is ascribed meaning based of personal experiences and memories. Each card has a rule associated with it and interacts in a specific way with other cards. Random selection of cards provides opportunity for a limitless potential of future narrative paintings. Each painting is built upon icons and characters extracted from my own history and experience. The images and characters are shaped into icons, through paring-down elements and rebuilding in a stylized manner. This system is effective as it allows the viewer to decipher the meaning behind the imagery while bringing his or her own contexts and history to the work. The imagery of the paintings, the tangibility and utility of the cards, and, the specificity of the rules, all provide a viable framework for a system in which the truth of personal history becomes a fantastic and surreal narrative.

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