Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Van Aken, Sam
Anecdotes, Family, Humor, Puns, Shangle
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.
Baker, Joshua David, "Shangles: A Stream of Consciousness" (2021). Theses - ALL. 571.