Date of Award

Summer 8-10-2018

Level of Access

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Intermedia

Advisor

Gene Felice II

Second Committee Member

Laurie Hicks

Third Committee Member

Arthur Ganson

Abstract

This thesis outlines the formulation of a research-based practice in kinetic sculpture. The primary goal is to investigate how historical and contemporary kinetic sculpture might provide a means for exploring the notion of guilt as seen through the paradigm of the Catholic Church by way of sensory pleasure using Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth as a framework. The methodological model upon which this research is based is a hybrid model that combines elements of experimental engineering methodologies (i.e. experimentation, data collection, data analysis, etc.) as well as historical research. The primary outcome is Acts of Contrition, a series of five kinetic sculptures that illustrate a physical representation of the Monomyth and have added to a greater understanding of guilt as experienced via Catholic theology by way of sensory pleasure.

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