Joseph Freel MFA Visual Studies Thesis Spring 2018
My thesis project is an examination of the relationships and interdependence of religion, nationalism, and scientific progress. I explore how they work cohesively to perpetuate the social machine of the present day United States. My work conflates time and asks viewers to look at the past, present, and future effects of our choices and actions. The installation tells the story of a mysterious cult and the process that they go through to construct an absurd machine of perpetual energy and power to help them achieve their goal of salvation through destruction.