Date of Award

May 2019

Degree Type





Juan Juarez


Absurdism, Contemporary American, Humor, Mundane, Play, Shared Experience


The purpose of this thesis paper is to describe my current studio practice and research. Using humor and play, I invite the reader to question the reality of what it means to be a contemporary American. Through shared and personal experience, I examine the dualities between adolescence and the misconceptions of adulthood. I describe my use of absurdism, participation and material choice to discuss our culture of affirmation and distraction. Finally, I conclude that there is a lot of humor and uselessness to be found in the mundane.


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