Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Art and Art History

First Advisor

Virginia Chavis

Second Advisor

Kris Kay Belden-Adams

Third Advisor

John Samonds

Relational Format



This paper describes the process, production, and explanation of Art of Darkness, an artistic expression of the struggle with anxiety. All of the work is inspired by literature and art from the English Romantic and Victorian eras, and focuses on quotes about the mind, emotions, and other thought processes. As each piece highlights a different aspect of anxiety, it also portrays the struggles of anxiety through color palette, printing process, and symbolism. These printed pieces consist of letter-press printed materials, with ink-wiped backgrounds and hand-stitched details. Also included are large-scale prints with silkscreened foregrounds, a selection of bookmarks, a small edition of chap-book/journals, and enamel pins. The work is meant to be viewed by individuals who suffer with anxiety, and provide a relationship between the text and the viewer based on the contents of the quote.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.



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