Date of Award

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Committee Member

Dr. Eric Patterson, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Professor Carol Collins

Committee Member

Dr. Jerry Tessendorf

Committee Member

Dr. Brian Malloy

Abstract

In this thesis a personal narrative is conveyed in a virtual reality experience where procedural techniques are used to create surreal environments. Virtual reality is a powerful way to build empathy and understanding of another individual’s experiences and choices. Procedural techniques enable an artist to create complex and highly stylized scenery. Surrealism can be used to depict emotions in a way that words alone are unable to describe. When combined, virtual reality, proceduralism, and surrealism can yield a compelling vehicle to express personal narrative.

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