This thesis seeks to explain the artist's decision to work with seventeenth-century Dutch vanitas and memento mori still life painting as the primary influence upon her body of photographic still life. The thesis describes the connection the artist asserts between seventeenth-century Dutch culture and the contemporary American popular culture, politics and the current economic situation. The thesis also describes the artist's interest in mysterum tremendum et fascinans and how that interest finds shape in her photographic production. The thesis delves into the artist's relationship to object through an exploration of the opposing views of object and craft exemplified by the artist's grandmothers.
0377: Art history