Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art
First Reader/Committee Chair
This exhibition is a dissection of American masculinity and institutional oppression. The systematic mistreatment of people within certain social identity groups is supported and perpetuated by society. My work is a personal investigation of this flawed system, my place therein and its ramifications.
The fragility of masculinity provokes immeasurable violence. Whiteness can be stereotyped as a toggle switch between bland culture, and self-entitled bigotry. These works are a confrontation with the dark parts of the human psyche, and the fears surrounding vulnerability, power and sexuality.
Through discomfort we can deepen empathy and cultivate progress.
Schmidt, Daniel, "White Gilt" (2018). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 742.