Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
This thesis considers the relationship between art and labor in twentieth century America while examining how this informs my art practice. The document aims to briefly examine Karl Marx theory of estranged labor, Hannah Arendt’s essay on the human condition of work, and philosophers such as John Ruskin and Jacque Ranciere, while discussing the relationship between art and labor. By giving a brief history of twentieth century art in reference to work and labor, I plan to excavate a deeper understanding of the relationship between Art, Labor, and work. The example artworks both historical and contemporary will support the accompanying sculptural pieces and provide a framework to buttress my artwork. In conclusion, this document will lay the foundation for comprehending the complex association between Art Work and Labor while providing a context for a contemporary appreciation of the absent worker through Art.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Wolf, Austin R., "Art, Labor, & the Absent Worker." (2015). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 50. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7R78CDF.