Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

5-2022

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A.

Department

Fine Arts

Degree Program

Studio Art and Design, MFA

Committee Chair

Rhodes, Ché

Committee Member

Reitz, Chris

Committee Member

Massey, Scott

Committee Member

Gibson, John

Committee Member

Heberle, Lauren C.

Author's Keywords

Artificial meat; glass; animal; ceramic; art; future technology

Abstract

This research focuses on the subtle relationship between human life, the environment, and other animals that we live among every day. Under the mainstream social background of capitalism and a commodity economy, animals are the victims of constant consumption and exploitation. However, meat is a basic substance for human nourishment, especially in certain cultures. As a result, meat becomes an important part of the commodity economy in capitalist societies, wherein the supply must be filled to accommodate society’s demand. This research formed an exhibition using glass and ceramic artwork using a playfully satirical tone to offer a crucial alternative: how to help build a sustainable society that is more friendly to animals and the environment by enhancing awareness of human impact on both, thus, promoting the protection of those with whom we share the Earth.

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