Title

Ice Cream

Date of Graduation

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Art

Advisor

Jeannie Hulen

Committee Member

Marc Mitchell

Second Committee Member

Sean Morrissey

Third Committee Member

Dylan Dewitt

Fourth Committee Member

Mike Maizels

Keywords

Ceramics, Charlie Brown, Ice Cream, Lawn Jockeys, Race, White Privilege

Abstract

Ice Cream is a series of 2D and 3D depictions of lawn ornaments, Charlie Brown, and novelty ice cream bars, which question how White America is indoctrinated through seemingly innocuous images and objects. The exhibition unveils the white supremacy fostered within the American way of life and articulates an environment where Americans act in racist ways when they believe they are acting morally. The research found within Ice Cream attempts to dismantle the foundation these justifications are built upon. This honesty, coupled with acknowledging that these historic traditions are rooted in racial constructs, will result in a double consciousness and the ability to move toward building an inclusive human community.

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