American Dream: BFA Thesis




Spread from 128 Images/1000 Words
            
My thesis work examines what a cultural icon who has maintained the publics interest for two decades reflects about American society through book design. Specifically the work deals with the pop star Britney Spears, and relates her to topics of gender, sexuality, and privacy. The project is comprised of three books.

128 images/1000 words on Britney Spears

128 images/1000 words on Britney Spears is a book I made of preliminary research for my thesis. This project defines the visual language of Spears’ and discusses how she is a lens through which to view American sexuality and gender.





The Most Valuable Square Inch

The second book I produced for thesis is a large format work mimicking newspaper sized tabloids. This project is an in depth exploration of Spears' relationship to the news media, focusing on issues of female sexuality and privacy using French fold techniques. The purpose of this project was to make tangible and manipulate existing footage of Spears' to bring to light issues with the dichotomous nature of femininity in American culture.





American Dream

Above is my final piece of work for thesis. As a book the project addresses how women in America are improperly treated for their physical pain, and disbelieved by medical professionals. The first half of the book contains scholarly text that explains possible factors that contribute to this phenomenon along-side lyrics of songs Spears released, in which she directly addresses her desire for both respect and help. The second part of the book combines medical illustrations, charts, and graphs explaining pain next to an article on Spears at the peak of her 2007 public mental break down. The design of the project asks the reader to resolve this material, to synthesize conflicting facts and consider the inequitable weight given to the two bodies of content.
Mark