Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Fine Arts - Painting

First Advisor

Hilary Wilder

Second Advisor

Gregory Volk

Third Advisor

Holly Morrison

Fourth Advisor

Jorge Benitez


The feeling of a narcotic cannot be put to words, just as the sensation one receives from her or his favorite artwork is impossible to record. Equally, both these delicacies of modern existence must be sought out. The user/viewer only gets a tiny taste and must therefore keep coming back for more. Utopia may be an unrealistic construction of culture, but I would posit the idea the both narcotics and art strive to give us just that – however tiny a taste. This paper addresses the intersections of visual art, drugs, anti-hero worship and contemporary representations of Romanticism throughout the American body politic.


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Date of Submission

May 2013

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