Advisor

Stewart, Connie

Advisor

Goodwin, Donna

Department

Art Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-2018

Genre

Thesis

Extent

75 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This is an arts-based research project using Rita Irwin’s A/R/Tography methodology to explore kitsch tolerance within an academically educated populace and defend kitsch as a valid contemporary art form. Through the creation of a body of artwork, survey, and conversations with the target demographic, this researcher attempted to puzzle out the relationship between kitsch and academically educated people, a group traditionally not associated with kitsch. I created a body of artwork in an attempt to blur the lines between high and low art using techniques, materials, and subject matter, particularly using a lens of beauty, from both categories to see how the aforementioned artwork would be rated in a survey geared toward the academically educated. I found that academically educated people have a varying tolerance for certain kitsch items as well as varying opinions about what makes something kitsch and not kitsch. Ultimately, I discovered several contradictions within the opinions of the survey takers whereby personal connection and emotional impact were rated very high as a motivator for beauty ratings, but not seen as an indicator of kitsch. Indeed, a modern definition of kitsch is ever elusive, and the pursuit of it was very informative of my artistic and teaching practices.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

YontsARP2018

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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