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1. Deibel, Matthew JA. Suddenly, I Didn't Want to Die.

Degree: MFA, College of the Arts / School of Art, 2015, Kent State University

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. Advisors/Committee Members: Farnsworth, Isabel (Advisor), O'keeffe, Paul (Committee Chair).

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

…Die occupies on a 48’ wall. It is constructed of 5 6,833 personnel identification tags and… …the personal identification tags. I carefully installed the figures realizing that they were… …identification tags transition into rigid brad nails placed into the wall. As you move in closer… …undulations among the tags can be observed as the personnel identification tags subtly shift in and… …identification tags, there are 6,833 of them; one for each military member killed in Operations Iraqi… 

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APA (6th Edition):

Deibel, M. J. (2015). Suddenly, I Didn't Want to Die. (Masters Thesis). Kent State University. Retrieved from

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Deibel, Matthew JA. “Suddenly, I Didn't Want to Die.” 2015. Masters Thesis, Kent State University. Accessed July 09, 2020.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Deibel, Matthew JA. “Suddenly, I Didn't Want to Die.” 2015. Web. 09 Jul 2020.


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