Date of Award
Master of Arts
General Art History
An anti-monument to conspicuous consumption, The Cathedral of Junk was begun as personal expression and has grown into social commentary on the excess of consumerist waste. This thesis examines the social critique inherent in the Austin, Texas yard art structure. To fully understand the implications of the artwork, chapters situate the Cathedral of Junk within its peer group of yard art, examine the significance and use of recycled materials within art, and show how the materials and makeup of the Cathedral of Junk reveals its maker’s critique of society’s obsession with consumerism.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Foster, Michelle Ruth, "The Cathedral of Junk: A Cultural Critique Through Yard Art" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 797.