Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
It is crucial in today’s world to embrace technology, which is an essential component of our daily lives. It makes communication in our lives easier. Technology serves a variety of functions that help in the development of education, business, communication, and scientific research. The freedom it offers through social media platforms allows for personal connections at a global level to become feasible. Although the Internet provides ease of communication at a large scale, it is bound to have issues that pollute the intended connections. Virus, spam mail and cyberbullies are some of the items that contribute to it becoming a hostile environment. My most recent work delves into issues of technology, visibility, and personal expression. I explore the topic of pseudo-modernism. As described by Alan Kirby, there is a new standard of knowledge based on new technology and social platforms that define the pseudo-modern cultural phenomenon.
Satan’s Beach is a series of paintings, photographs, and sculpture that come from an imaginary place. It is a dystopian environment inspired by the Internet that builds on the concept of subculture banality and mystical aura. Through creative writing and the other physical pieces, I attempt to give life to a nonexistent place through art.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Burkard, Shawn, "Satan's Beach Surf Them Webs 666" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 84. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7794342.
Satan's Beach is a place I invented, a series to make work for. It is a dystopian environment that is inspired by the internet. It is a response to Dan Colen's papier mache boulders Nostalgia Ain't What it Used to Be (the writings on the wall) 2006, because of the familiar place that it conjures up in my mind. I took it upon myself to pick up where he left off and push the concept of subculture banality and mystical aura further. Through exploration of creative writing, photography, painting and sculpture, I attempt to give aura of a none existing place through art.
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