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1 One Bite Won’t Kill You? : Writings on Transformative Food 2019 Spring Qianshan Wan Food, concerning our appetite, is easily overlooked as a trivial matter when there is enough of it. However, when food is scarce, it...
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Food, concerning our appetite, is easily overlooked as a trivial matter when there is enough of it. However, when food is scarce, it could suddenly escalate into a determining factor of our life and death. I intend to examine food as more than just a substance. In this collection of two essays plus one fictional writing, I will be dissecting and reinterpret food from three separate but interrelated perspectives along with its extended subjects such as dining, appetite, consumption, and rhetorics. The three chapters will address themes successively from conceptualizing hot pot as the instrument for enabling relational aesthetics, to reading the implicit rhetorics embedded in foods and politicians' appetites at the state dinners, and eventually, using food and diet as the actual metaphors for national identity and social symptoms. Food will remain as the main subject that wavers between its substantial and rhetorical forms throughout the discursive perspectives.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Spring 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time. Until then the full thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.
2 An Adult Nightmare: Garbage Pail Kids and the Fear of the Queer Child 2019 Spring Hart, Max This text examines the controversy surrounding the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards in the 1980s through the theoretical framework laid...
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This text examines the controversy surrounding the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards in the 1980s through the theoretical framework laid out by Lee Edelman in No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. It argues that the negative reaction to the Garbage Pail Kids is symptomatic of what Edelman terms reproductive futurism, namely a structural predetermination of political discourse, through the figuration of the ‘child,’ which casts outside the conceptual domain any queer opposition to heteronormative regulation. As an abject parody of this figure, the Garbage Pail Kids promoted a vision of the child as perverse, narcissistic, and anti-social, qualities typically coded as queer within hegemonic culture. However, due to the unprecedented popularity of the Garbage Pail Kids among actual children, the discursive logic of reproductive futurism was unable to properly displace this divergent enjoyment onto an external antagonist, signifying a prohibited encounter between those subjects coded as the child and enjoyments coded as queer. As a result of this divergence, the Garbage Pail Kids phenomena produced a spectral content that this text refers to as the queer child. The queer child, a signifier structurally paradoxical as it is ironic, refers neither to an identity nor a speculative project, but to the specter of a prohibited encounter – an unholy union between two oppositonally defined forces that creates a radical perversion. This text treats this brief moment of rupture as a means to complicate the antisocial queer ethics Edelman promotes in No Future. Thereby it proposes a queer negativity that both refuses the oppressive logic of reproductive futurism, while insisting on the radical perversion of the child that it holds as its most privileged object.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Spring 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time. Until then the full thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.
3 Roses: Corrected 2019 Spring Weed, Emma C. In my thesis I address and reform the absurdities of the assumed fragility of the Rose in tandem with the historically assumed fragility...
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In my thesis I address and reform the absurdities of the assumed fragility of the Rose in tandem with the historically assumed fragility in women. I explore this notion through assessing clinical applications of the Rose’s essence, dissection of the Rose’s physicality, appealing to abject features, physical application of roses as a medium, interpretation of theory and its application, discernment of my own romances and personal narrative, as well as an interpretive short story that posits the newly reformed Rose into an activated circumstance in which it manifests strength. I redefine the feminine icon that is the Rose as a symbol of strength, resilience, and rejuvenation.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Spring 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time. Until then the full thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.
4 Art Therapy and Biofeedback: A Long-term Effectiveness Study 2019 Spring Newman, Suzanna With minimal existing research on the application of art therapy and biofeedback, this research investigated the effectiveness of art...
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With minimal existing research on the application of art therapy and biofeedback, this research investigated the effectiveness of art therapy sessions for enhancing the long-term effectiveness of biofeedback. This study implemented an experimental pre/post/post design to address the question, “is there a difference in the frequency of engagement in relaxation techniques after discharge between headache patients who receive art therapy post biofeedback sessions as compared to those who do not while in inpatient treatment?” The research question responds to one of the major goals of biofeedback, transferring biofeedback learning and skills, such as relaxation, into everyday life, by measuring how frequently individuals engage in relaxation techniques before versus after treatment (Peper, Ancoli & Quinn, 1979). A review of the literature is included to provide an overview of headaches, chronic pain, biofeedback, and art therapy. Participants consisted of 24 patients who were receiving inpatient care for chronic headaches at Diamond Headache Unit in Chicago, IL. Quantitative results provide evidence of the value of art therapy for increasing long-term engagement in relaxation techniques. The study highlights the benefits of art therapy as a supportive treatment method for biofeedback, specifically by supporting social dimensions of care and facilitating the creation of a product.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Spring 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time, but will not be available for download.
5 Co-Conspicuous: An Autoethnography of a Physically Disabled Art Therapist Practicing in Social and Medical Disability Spaces 2019 Spring Beck, Brianna M. Through autoethnographic research, I investigate the unique dynamic of practicing art therapy as a physically disabled art therapist...
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Through autoethnographic research, I investigate the unique dynamic of practicing art therapy as a physically disabled art therapist within two distinct disability spaces – Access Living of Metro Chicago and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. By examining my identity in spaces and contexts that view disability from the opposite perspectives of the medical and social model, I consider how to meet art therapy participants’ needs while drawing inspiration from the disability arts and culture movement, disability studies, as well as my own personal experiences of disability and coming into disability identity consciousness. This thesis advocates for art therapists and other helping professionals to address the true root of oppression and distress their disabled clients face, which is most often not the impairment itself. It also advocates for more complex disability representation in the field of art therapy through better accessibility to/in the profession and more acceptance in claiming disability identity as a practitioner.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Spring 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time. Until then the full thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.
6 Re-Humanizing the Medical Gaze: Integration of Medical Art Therapy’s Narrative Approach 2019 Spring Swenson, Crystal E. In his book, The Birth of the Clinic, Foucault (1963) coined the term "medical gaze" to characterize the dehumanizing medical separation...
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In his book, The Birth of the Clinic, Foucault (1963) coined the term "medical gaze" to characterize the dehumanizing medical separation of the patient's body from the patient's personal identity. These medical gazes manifest through misunderstandings, miscommunications, and misconceptions of patient narratives. As an art therapy and counseling intern at a children’s hospital, I worked to integrate these multiple layers in best supporting and advocating for the patient. In using a medical narrative approach, I depicted experiences and assisted in co-authoring stories by comic form, also known as graphic narratives. The use of graphic narratives in the medical field was best stated in an article written by Michael J. Green and Kimberly R. Myers (2010), which states [comics] are able to accomplish what solely text is unable to do, in that it is able to represent the visual and unspoken meaning behind words. The use of graphic narratives in Graphic Medicine Manifesto (2015) greatly influenced this research in creating a movement towards “giving a voice to those who are often not heard”. Re-Humanizing the Medical Gaze: Integration of Medical Art Therapy’s Narrative Approach aims to reveal the layers in which varying medical gazes land upon a patient and seeks to create graphic narratives, based on personal experience in hospital, work done with patients and treatment team, that challenge these traditional views to be more holistic. The focus of this thesis aims to accomplish fostering empathy and respect of acknowledging personal narratives through active engagement with graphic narrative depictions.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Spring 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time. Until then the full thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.
7 Art Therapy with Biofeedback for the Treatment of Chronic Headaches 2019 Spring Bernier, Kyle L. People have visually depicted and processed their pain through art-making across time and cultures. This process is becoming more...
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People have visually depicted and processed their pain through art-making across time and cultures. This process is becoming more prevalent in medical settings. Two modalities in which people are exploring their pain is in the context of art therapy and biofeedback, respectively. This study examines the effects of combining an art therapy directive with biofeedback for the treatment of chronic headache conditions in an inpatient hospital unit in Chicago, IL. Participants were randomly assigned to either an experimental or control group where they either engaged with art materials through an art therapy directive while participating in biofeedback, or participated in a biofeedback session to measure the impacts on how someone perceives their own pain and stress levels, as measured by a pre and post-session questionnaire. People living with chronic headaches were asked to visually represent their pain while participating in biofeedback procedures, followed by a short debriefing session to discuss any changes they noticed in their stress and pain levels. Participant artwork was then analyzed for themes. This study addresses the current applications for art therapy, specifically with biofeedback, for the treatment of chronic headaches.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Spring 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time. Until then the full thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.
8 The Street Performers Allowed to Play at O’Hare Airport Until They’re Dead 2019 Spring Pieper, Troy Douglas In the late 80s, two men with the help of the ACLU won a settlement against the Chicago Police that resulted in a court order allowing...
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In the late 80s, two men with the help of the ACLU won a settlement against the Chicago Police that resulted in a court order allowing them to play at O'Hare airport until the day they die. This magazine article explores the fraught history of street performing in Chicago and fascinating story of these particular performers and those adjacent to them.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Summer 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time. Until then the full thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.
9 Architectural Amplifications 2019 Spring DeGryse, Kevan Architecture impacts lives. This is true of all building types. Whether it is a factory, a shopping mall, an airport or even a strip mall...
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Architecture impacts lives. This is true of all building types. Whether it is a factory, a shopping mall, an airport or even a strip mall, the architecture of a building has the possibility to effect peoples lives positively or negatively based on the design of the building. As far as the extent of the impact is concerned, there is no architecture that has as much direct impact on a person’s life then their housing. Research has shown a direct correlation between the design of housing and quality of life. Studies conducted in New York City by the Department of Housing Development and Research showed that people with affordable, well-designed housing lead healthier, happier lives than those who are ill-housed or rent burdened. Additionally, there is a social responsibility when designing housing. The “housing first” policy of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is ‘an approach to quickly an successfully connect individuals...to permanent housing without preconditions or barriers to entry...” This policy acknowledges the need for people to have stable homes that exist without prejudice. As an architectural community we have the opportunity to use our unique expertise to create housing for all types of people that exists without the inequalities that can exist due to systemic injustice. To combat these injustices, there has been a trend toward social segment based affordable housing in recent years.
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This thesis is embargoed for a period of two years (Summer 2021). The full thesis will be available online at that time. Until then the full thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.