Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Fine Arts - Sculpture

First Advisor

elizabeth king

Second Advisor

michael jones mckean

Third Advisor

gregory volk


This thesis is written as an essay, which considers sculpture outside of its definition as art object. Having as its goal finding an intrinsic definition of sculpture, the essay sets on a short journey meandering between ideas, historic precedents, and anecdotes. Among some of the discussed thing are: necessity, labor, leisure, Olduvai chopping stone tool, making, human hand, brain, body, pineal gland, third eye, speculation, materiality, Dixie cup, objecthood, sign, imagination, ENIAC, immateriality, myth, labor, leisure, storytelling, alien, alienation, destruction, creativity, genius, death, weed. The essay concludes that sculpture does not need a definition.


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Date of Submission

June 2013

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