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Title Suddenly, I Didn't Want to Die
Publication Date
Degree MFA
Discipline/Department College of the Arts / School of Art
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher Kent State University
Abstract Suddenly I Didn’t Want to Die is a visual documentation of an individual experiencing war. The body of work contains four sculptures, thematically connected that investigate the artist’s perspective from his involvement in the war in Iraq. Excerpts from his personal journal begin the thesis and help establish the psychological mindset he was in during the war and shortly after. Deibel explores his experiences through 3-Dimensional forms that help to visually explain personal struggle. The sculptures presented represent a timeline of events supporting each other’s cathartic references through visual cues. The works are all connected through one man’s experience but reach a broad audience through accessible, recognizable forms.
Subjects/Keywords Armed Forces; Art Criticism; Art History; Fine Arts; sculpture; 3D art; dog tags; personnel identification tags; barbed wire; cow dung; operation Iraqi freedom; operation enduring freedom; Marine Corps; USMC; veteran; veteran artist; war; Iraq; Afghanistan; casualties; catharsis;
Contributors Farnsworth, Isabel (Advisor); O'keeffe, Paul (Committee Chair)
Language en
Rights unrestricted ; This thesis or dissertation is protected by copyright: all rights reserved. It may not be copied or redistributed beyond the terms of applicable copyright laws.
Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:kent1447960178
Repository ohiolink
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2018-02-20
Grantor Kent State University

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