Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Fandom is a feature of American popular culture that takes elements from specific genres, and reworks them into an individual to formulate an identity. Clothing, music style, meeting places, and even drink choices can be the defining factors for determining which particular group one might associate with. Focusing on groups within fandom culture, I work to disprove the phrase “you can’t judge a book by its cover” by discussing embedded stereotypes common to dedicated fans. As I am not elevating or undermining these groups, I describe their attributes in a non-discriminatory way, and relate them to my own work.
I have selected Juggalos, Parrotheads, Spring Breakers, and contemporary youth artists as representatives of present-day fandom culture, as each of these groups display absurd personalities and extreme patronage. By breaking down their interests and identities, I find similarities between the groups, and present them in a simplified, humorous object. Nihilism, intoxication, and sexual activities are common threads that run through these groups, and are key elements that I pinpoint and address in my work.
Thesis Advisor: Jessica Baran
Title: Professor of Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Laury, Marianne R., "Fuck Yeah, Thesis!" (2014). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 9. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7Z31WJ8.