Master's Theses (Art & Design)

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  • 2020-01-22

    Kim McCollum

    The relationship between ancient craft practices, “women’s work”, and technology is the primary focus of my artwork. Using the grid as a visual and conceptual link, I investigate the roots of modern technology in hand weaving practices. The structure of the grid can be traced back to the crossing...

  • 2018-09-24

    Xin Lou

    With the rapid development speed of social and economic change, people are paying more and more attention to the health of themselves and their families. As a result, there is an increasing demand for health and rehabilitation services and technologies. Currently, the number of people living with...

  • 2020-02-19

    Luke Johnson

    “I am unpacking our library, yes I am. In borrowing this framework, ex post facto, from Walter Benjamin, I am not starting as he did, in the state of boxed and crated books—“not yet touched by the mild boredom of order”—but with the large and functioning library of the University of Alberta,...

  • 2020-01-23

    Anna Chakravorty

    We are at a pivotal turning point where technology can greatly contribute to global health. Technology is well-poised to transform how mental health treatment is delivered and accessed, but this transformation requires the combined support and involvement of developers, health care providers, and...

  • 2019-03-08

    Myken McDowell

    Our bodies are in a constant state of flux. Skin cells get recycled every few weeks, blood cells every few months, liver cells every two years. Over the course of a decade or so, every atom is replaced, and our bodies are made entirely new. Despite this, most of us feel that we are essentially...

  • 2017-12-19

    Carson Wronko

    Canadiana: Wilderness Weirdness provides a distinctive design through form, detail and handcraft. The practice of object making utilizes traditional pairings of domestic materials with traditional and contemporary manufacturing processes, resulting in objects that reference the Canadian...

  • 2016-06-14

    Jonathan S. Green

    My current research is focused on the history of camping and wilderness survival. Specifically, I am exploring how our ideas about the landscape are constructed, and what it means when we interact with the wild by engaging in activities like camping. My recent mixed-media prints combine my...

  • 2015-09-29

    Jiao Wang

    Physical inactivity, a primary contributor to excess weight and obesity, has become an epidemic. In Canada, about one in four adults are clinically obese, most have a sedentary lifestyle. People want to be fit and healthy; however, the lifestyle they want to lead is often different than the one...

  • 2019-09-09

    Hanks, Daniel

    Inspired by principles of sustainable design, slow design, and minimalism, this thesis support document and the accompanying gallery exhibition titled Consumplation contain concepts that aim to improve the human condition while balancing individual, socio-cultural and environmental needs. This...

  • 2020-03-01

    Adrienne Dagg

    The paintings and drawings in my thesis exhibition are about anomie, anxiety, and the inevitable confusion that results from the collapse and breakdown of ideological systems. In this work I am looking at the breakdown of bourgeois ideology in North America and its conflicting attachment to “The...

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