My thesis is about deconstruction of existentialism through visual images, or more precisely, deconstructive visual representations of existential themes. The question of human existence has been a primal interest in my work. What is the meaning of existence? How can I make sense of man's unique intellectual capacity to question one's own existence? My concern is not so much about coming up with the answer, but to have a language to disclose the condition. In the past, my work was merely the ambiguous expression of the existential feeling without any particular conceptual foundation. My work is now a manifestation of confrontation with the very awareness of existence. In this thesis project, my intention is to explore a more analytical approach to the representation of the subject, by applying the deconstructionist principle to the conception of my work. The objective of incorporating deconstructive thinking is to examine the nature of the relationship between the images and their meanings, and to investigate how the works of art construct and represent their overall concepts. In doing so, I intend to provide sufficient information on the deconstructonist practice, the existentialist concerns, and their relations to my work.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Art--Philosophy; Art, Modern--20th century--Themes, motives; Deconstruction; Existentialism
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Furuhashi, Ryutaro, "Deconstruction, existentialism, and art" (1996). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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