Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2016

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author's Program

Art (Printmaking)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)




Through textual and visual research, I assert that the root cause of the injustice that drives my work and the work of the artists within my thesis paper is erasure. I attribute this erasure in large part to the role of neoliberalism upon the world stage, and it’s pervasive global influence. While neoliberalism did not create inequality, it has codified it and through its relentless push for “progress” it has propped up a dynamic of oppressor and oppressed. This in turn leads to simple categorization and ultimately erasure. I posit that my work not only makes this erasure visible, but also combats that erasure through adherence to a social theory of assemblage, introduced by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. By positioning my work in the context of a series of other artists and philosophers, I transform the oft referenced self-portrait from simple representation into a statement of purpose and a means of undermining a system of oppression.