Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2023

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author's Program


Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)





The socioeconomical philosophy of the United States is still very much related to the Marxist Labor Theory of Value which states that “the economic value of a good or service is determined by the amount of socially necessary labor required to produce it” (Das Kapital, Marx 1.) This philosophy has penetrated the way that we think about art and object, and in turn positions art as a means of transaction, thus limiting art to a form of glorified currency. This Essay will chronicle my art practice, that have led up to two thesis pieces, Trench and Dig and Fill. It will then explain how Trench and Dig and Fill reinterpret the Marxist labor theory of value through the lens of contemporary performance art, Land art, Greek mythology, and craft.

Mentor/Primary Advisor

Patricia Olynyk