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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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2002 2018

This thesis grew out of my own experiences of the sudden loss of a loved one. It turns to the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and Paul Tillich to examine how vertical and meditative thought, respectively, aid in interpreting art to overcome such a tragic event. The first section of this thesis begins with an explanation of how I came to realize that my capacity to understand and interpret life had been restricted by a lens of calculative thought. The second section of this thesis addresses the philosophical lessons about depth in thought in the vertical plane that Paul Tillich teaches ...

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Dillman, Blake A., Ramsey, Ramsey Eric, Gruber, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

The Rider-Waite Tarot deck is arguably the most popular divinatory Tarot deck in use today. This is the deck most new readers learn with, myself included. I began reading the Tarot in late 2015 in an academic setting. I learned on the Rider-Waite deck and have yet to find another deck I would rather read with. The artwork by Pamela Colman Smith is both simple and complex, continuously revealing deeper meanings the more I study it. This is why I decided to research Smith and uncover what influenced her when illustrating these cards. Every image is picked with a purpose, ...

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Crow, Devin Daley, Giner, Oscar, Ostling, Michael, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

I saw a Dove ad called “Real Beauty Sketches” where a group of women described themselves to a sketch artist, and then a complete stranger described them to the same artist. By the end of the ad, it’s apparent that the women, when describing themselves, were very critical of all their features. When total strangers described them the resulting portrait was more beautiful to the women. The take-away from the campaign was that others see more beauty in you than you do in yourself. I explored that idea through my thesis. My aim in this project was to learn to ...

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Rao, Rachana Sai, Hood, Mary, Button, Melissa, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Despite her untimely passing in 1985, Cuban-born, American artist Ana Mendieta continues to shape modern thinking about many themes including gender, cultural displacement and body discourse. Among those profoundly influenced by Mendieta’s legacy are contemporary artists Simone Leigh and Gina Osterloh. This research critically compares Mendieta's artwork to that of Leigh and Osterloh in terms of identity, feminism, and the body. While their approaches to these themes differ, all three artists incorporate their bodies within their work in order to connect with the rest of the world. Twelve year-old Ana Mendieta and her sister involuntarily left their family in revolutionary ...

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Fox, Angelica Brandt, Codell, Julie, Lineberry, Heather Sealy, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Anthropomorphic animal characters are common in animation, but there is limited data on the factors that contribute to such a trend. I studied how animated animals in popular movies look and behave like humans, and what that indicates about us that we prefer them that way. My study was conducted via literature review, film review, facial measurements, and the creation of my own character. I discovered the physical importance of eyes in proportion to the rest of the face and the emotional importance of those animals acting as metaphors for us as humans.

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Ehuan, Ariana Jade, Adamson, Joni, Drum, Meredith, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Caring for others is hard work, it takes time, it takes emotional labor, and ultimately it is not immediately apparent how caring for others helps ourselves, so why should we do it? In caring for others, we become an active participant in the world of another, and we must take this active role because we already have an emotional investment in the wellbeing of the other. We must care for others because we already care about them. This concept of caring for others is addressed in Art as an invitation to world-traveling: a psycho-analytic approach to Understanding neuro-atypicality as well ...

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Syfritt, Autumn Amber-Nicole, Ramsey, Ramsey Eric, Sandoval, Mathew, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

BBW is about the complexities of self-love, self-hate, and the fixation on the fat female body. “BBW” is largely used in the porn industry to reference the fetishization of fat womens' bodies and the hostile culture that surrounds it. This exhibition is meant to confront this toxic attitude and features large-scale oil paintings depicting Big Beautiful Women who chose to share their bodies with the Internet. Fat girls live their lives being told they’re unattractive, inadequate, and undeserving of love; BBW is about challenging this notion using size, a sexual gaze, and composition to render simple “camera-phone selfies” into sexy, ...

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Ball, Ruby Nicole, Obuck, John, Lyverse, Mary, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

African American females must endure the distinct intersection of anti-black racism and misogyny, or misogynoir, which persists through the perpetuation of stereotypical images. The endurance of these controlling images adversely impacts young black girls in unique ways that often go unnoticed. Black and Pink: The Intersection of Blackness and Girlhood in America examines the historical origins of misogynoir in America and its continued impact on modern black girls using the lens of bell hooks’ literature. This includes how black females are masculinized, sexualized, and impacted by Eurocentric beauty standards in America. and These themes are further explored through a series ...

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Hayman, Adanna Michelle, Kim, Linda, Meders, Jacob, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

As human beings we go through the world interpreting – seeing a situation, gathering context, and making a decision on the meaning of the thing we just experienced. The philosopher Martin Heidegger calls this way of being hermeneutics – a practice of interpretation. This method of approach does not ignore a person’s bias, instead bias is highlighted, understood, and possibly even overcome. In the following pages the basic definition and process of hermeneutics will be discussed. Leading into the difference between calculative and meditative thought – scientific and philosophical – in order to later discuss the possibility and need to ...

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Craig, Catherine Anne, Kobojek, Kimberly, Watrous, Lisa, et al.
Created Date
2018-05
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For my Barrett Creative Project, I created an art installation that fostered comprehension, empathy, theorization, and healing surrounding the topic of mass gun violence in America. I used the space I was given in Gallery 100 as a graduating BFA student to host a multimedia installation designed to nurture these ideas.

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Dallman, Erica Ashley, Sale, Gregory, Hanson, Erika, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.