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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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Thesis (open access)
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Department of Art
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Plastic products are convenient, abundant and our use of them has become routine. This acceptance of
plastics’ presence has become a dogma that most humans adhere to. The continual consumption of
these single-use plastics in our daily lives has unknowingly shaped our environmental consciousness,
behaviors, and justification for them. This belief in plastics function has been strategically developed by
companies that rely on our behaviors to distribute their products. Humans have become the faithful
consumers of these goods and this belief. The brain and its ability to remain plastic and develop
decision-making skills are known as Myelination. New experiences enhance this neurological function
and strengthen our reasoning skills. Everyone knows that plastics are bad for the environment, however,
they still take advantage of their conveniences. Experiencing my kitsch work shifts the postmodern
narratives around recycling and presents it in an altered state that does not immediately read as plastic.
This aesthetic experience can shift the mindset on sustainability and how we think of our plastics to
generate a responsibility toward being good stewards of the earth.
Thomas, Cody A., "Myelination: A Plastic Religion" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2266.
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