Title

Portmanteau

Semester

Fall

Date of Graduation

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

MA

College

College of Creative Arts

Department

Painting

Committee Chair

Paul Krainak.

Committee Co-Chair

Sergio Soave

Committee Member

Naijun Zhang

Abstract

Portmanteau is a blend of two words incorporated to make a new meaning. In my painting I combine two animals to make a new life form. The weak, defenseless animals get armament and the fierce, dominant carnivores are made less threatening so that man will not find it necessary to destroy them. My animals are hybrids and with hybridity anything is possible because hybridity is about making meaning without being bound by actuality. My hybrid animals are whimsical and funny but I create them for a serious reason. I want people to look at them and see that they are precious, and from there, to realize that all animals, all creation, is precious. Man was not intended to rule this world and destroy habitats and species to build condominiums and parking lots. Each living thing has value and significance.

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