Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Jude Lewis

Second Advisor

Samuel J. Van Aken


Anecdotes, Family, Humor, Puns, Shangle

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts


The purpose of this thesis is to explore the Shangle. Shangle is a term devised by my grandfather during the course of a practical joke. Years after his death, I look to define and explore the ramifications and possibilities of a shangle. I describe how the pursuit of a shangle has allowed for an evolution of my art-making methodologies and concerns. My artwork draws from my interests in humor, culture, materiality, personal anecdotes, and a pervasive need to find the edge of my artwork. My artwork toes the line between fictional narrative and the violent reality of everyday life. I believe artwork has the power to shift how people see the world, but in order to do so, the experience and process of making an artwork needs to first change the artist.


Open Access

Included in

Fine Arts Commons



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