Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

Completed Theses

MA

2014

Nicole C. BorlandCreative Interventions and Urban Revitalization
Amy GaizauskasA Wishy-Washy, Sort-of-Feeling: Episodes in the History of the Wishy-Washy Aesthetic
Karly A. McIntoshCome Together: An Exploration of Contemporary Participatory Art Practices
Margherita N. PapadatosA Space Without Memory: Time and the Sublime in the Work of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
Elyse N. Tsotsos - Presenting the Fashion Object: Analyzing the exhibition Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund

2013

Angove, Samantha - We Come in Piece: Art Exhibitions, Science Fiction & Postcoloniality
Webster, Cierra – Theorizing Queer: Homonationalisms and the Art Institution
Wittich, Stephanie – Reminiscences: The Medievalisms of Wassily Kandinsky

2012

Anderson, Stephanie – Use it or Lose it: Inuit Art and the ‘Soft Power’ of Canadian Cultural Diplomacy 
Franklin, Jordana – The Personal is Presentable: Transgressing the Public-Private Divide Through the Art of Sophie Calle and Tracey Emin 
Klaric, Stefani – Narrative Brought to Life: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 
Quick, Sophia – Putting in Time: Long-Durational Performance Art Spectatorship 
Ritchie, Laura – Material Labour: Artistic Work and the Creative Industries 
Ruhloff, Melissa – Re-Inventing the Group of Seven: Appropriation and Criticality in Contemporary Canadian Art

2011

Arenson, Emma - Fragmentation and Representations of Disability in Monuments
Bentley, Simon Jack Chambers and the New Spanish Realists
Kitzul, Carrie - en/Gendered Hierarchies: Representations of Nation, Gender, and Class in the Work of Miwa Yanagi and Yoshiko Shimada
Mahabir, Geddesa - The Construction of the Late-Renaissance Individual
Moussa, Ahlia – Point of Origin
Walker-Gugan, Hillary – Domestic Pleasures: The Aesthetic Experience of Eldon House

2010

Cyr, Julia Visions of Power: The Art Patronage of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in Sixteenth-Century Florence 
Feagan, Claire
 - Surrealist Castle Culture: Gothic Traces in Surrealist Aesthetics
Mortillaro, Rosanna - Built Form and Meaning in Sixteenth-Century Rome: Pope Sixtus V and the Lateran Palace
Orpana, Jennifer - The Visual Griots of Mali: Nation Building and Cultural Negotiation with Youth Outreach Photography
Poulsen, Diana -   But Today We Collect Videogames: Citation, Appropriation, The Open Work and the Neo-Baroque in Videogames
Radu, Stephanie - 
Sarah Lucas's Food for Thought
Rothstein, Erin
 - Pablo Picasso and Primitivism: An Exploration of "Non-Western" and Medieval Influences in Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907)
Sarma, Jon - Art and Artificiality: The Re/De(con)struction of "Natural" Gender in 1990s Visual Culture

2009

Manning, Danielle - Naturalism Re-visioned           
Peters, Sonja - Coney Island in Early Twentieth Century Photography and Film
Serebrin, Kylie - Navigating Surrealist Cinemaphilia
Skelly, Andrea Containers of Electronic Art 

2008

Copeland, Krystle The Annunciation: Visual, Spatial, and Textual Ideologies
Eunjoo Lee – Unpainted Sky: 17th and 18th Century Naturalism in Korea and Europe 
Smith, Melissa Sixteenth Century Developments in Emblematics 
Szabo, Maria – Kaleidoscope Vision: Modern Perspectives in the Work of Pegi Nicol MacLeod
Puteris, Rima - Performing Absense: Ana Mendieta and Janine Antoni 

2007

Carroll, Leanne – The ‘Hoax’ of Minimalism: Robert Morris and the Octoberists.
Evans, Siân – The Book of Kells’ Ornament and Audience.
Kennedy, Jennifer – Paris vu Par:  New Wave, Modernism and the Cinematic City.
Villar, Andrés – Espana típica: Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida’s “Vision of Spain” at the Hispanic Society of America

2006

Adam Stead - Acting, Ausstattung and Audience in Medieval Germany.
Riva Symko - Vitalizing Sounds, Visionary Sights.
Iuliana Strambeanu - Cinematic Experiments in Multimedia Installations.
Bettina Urcuioli - Materiality and the Aura.

2005

Susan Edelstein - Eclipsed Environments: Redefining the Space of Home.
Marina Folescu - On Stillness and Movement in Videos by Bill Viola, Mark Lewis and Stacey Lancaster.
Amanda Morhart - Giorgio Vasari: Imitation and Invention in Painting and Lives.
Irina Radchenko - Rembrandt's 'seeing eye' and Protestant Aesthetics.
Carol-Ann Ryan - Guido Molinari, Claude Tousignant, and Geometric Abstraction in the 1960s: The Canadian Contribution. 
Michael Windover - Living Art Deco Style: An Investigation of Toronto's Hybrid Modernity. [more]

2004

Mark Schilling Andy Warhol's Contaminated Modernism 
Beitske Sybrandy - The Evolution of the Skate and its Representation in Dutch Landscape Painting of the 17th Century.
Jolaine Frizzell Framing, Framer, Framed: A Dialogue of Psychoanalysis in the Work of Mary Scott

2003

Mary Kavanagh - Collecting Dust: Sensual Acts and Recollection as Transformative Gesture.
Laura Petican - Arte Povera: The Persistence of the Baroque.

2002

Sarah Demelo - Self Portraits without Selves: Gender Performance and Photographic Self Portraiture.
Kristen Hutchinson - The Fragmented Figure in Contemporary Art: Works of Robert Gober and Louise Bourgeois.

Sarah Lippert - Gustave Moreau and the Paragone: An Investigation of the Ut Pictura Poesis Legacy in the Work of a Nineteenth-Century History Painter.
Tara Wittman - Paradox and Play in Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades.

2001

Craig Buckley - "Continuing Misfortune" Reconsidered: Automatism between Art and Science.
Jessica Marshall - Viollet-le-Duc’s Writing and Reconstruction: Gothic and Otherwise.

Carrie L. Vassallo - The Early Years of Art History in English-Speaking Canada: McMaster, Toronto, and Queen's Universities, CA. 1930-1945.
Ryan Whyte - Charm and Subjectivity in Walter Pater: A Comparative Study.

2000 & prior

Marco Ranjan Deyasi - Collecting & Colonialism at Eldon House: Theories of Collecting, Tourism, and the British Empire, as they relate to the Harris Collection at Eldon House, London, Ontario, Canada. (2000)
Joanna Eve Schreyer - Balance of Wealth: An Economic Interpretation of a Gdansk Triptych. (2000)
Dennis M. P. Zimmer - Painting as Property: An examination of the Various Influences that Transformed the collections of Édouard de Rothschild and Paul Rosenberg. (2000) 
Peter Johnathan Bates - The Canadian Corporate Art Collection: The Hidden Museum. (1999)
Jennifer A. Cottrill - Fortuitous Encounters. (1999)
Barbara Edwards - Toronto Art: A History of Connectedness, 1970-98. (1999) 
Melinda Ellison - Images of Venus in Epithalamic Art of the Italian Renaissance, 1460-1540. (1999)

C. Brent Epp - Architecture and Urban Culturation in Vienna. (1999)
Christine A. Sprengler - Imag(in)ing the Fifties. (1999)

Claire Sykes - August Sander and the Task of the Photographer. (1999) 
Catherine Ann Thomas - Trans: Intersections of Art, Life and the Art Gallery. (1999)
Kimberly Anne Wahl - The Machine in Early Twentieth-Century Art. (1999)
Marci Hatch - The Value of Forgeries: A Meaningful Tool of Art. (1998)

Jennifer Paparao - Installation Art: Towards a Questioning of Boundaries. (1998)
Joel Robinson - An Architecture of Soul-Modernity, Libeskind and the Spiritual. (1997)

 

MFA

2014

Hobot, Barbara - What Lies Behind: Speculations on the Real and the Willful
Martin, Jennifer - 
Turning to see otherwise 
Moore, Tegan - 
Matters of Airing
Oppedisano, 
Amanda - Liquidation
Peters, Jared - Just As It Should Be: Painting and the Discipline of Everyday Life
Solti, Gabriella
- From 'Means to Ends': Labour As Art Practice
Yoo, Diana - Across Boundaries

2013

Brown, Kyla –  Following the Turn: Mapping as Material Art Practice
Jeresky, Jeremy P. - Communicative Methodologies and Mechanisms in Public Art
Mitrow, Laura – Felted Disruption: An Analysis of Double Coding in the Felt Works of Luanne Martineau
Whitaker, Giles – Some Theoretical Models for a Critical Art Practice
Yabut, Thea – Lines of Necessity

2012

Black, Anthea – Of All Possible Worlds: Mapping Queer Craft and Collaboration
Eurich, Liza – Latency in Process and Perception
Isaacs, Brad - Double Negative: Taxidermy, Photography and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Dioramas”
Klassen, Neil – The Elemental Earth: Renewed Ways of Seeing and Perceiving
Neudorf, Kim - Call and Response: Catachresis and Reciprocity in Painting
O’Connor, Daniel - The Joystick and the Paintbrush: Useless or Meaningful in the Age of Technology

2011

Teigen, Matthew - The Look of Math
Bucknell, Lea – Adhoc Folly Building in Contemporary Art
Garoo, Gautam – Passages (is and was): Tracing Indian Visual Culture and the Sacred through Craft and Contemporary Art
McGeean, Michelle – Tit for Tat: (Re) Production in Sculpture and Architecture
Williams, Robert – We Are What We Pretend To Be: Making the case for Contemporary Painting as Gratuitous

2010

O'Dette, Kelly - Archival Nostalgia
Cushnie, John - Eidolon Prospects: Syncope, Peter Doig, and the Practice of Painting
Kolahdouz-Esfahani, Soheila - Trans-(across, over, beyond): Investigations of Cultural Translation in Visual Arts
Quail, Jamie K. - DIY: Politics and Aesthetics in the Margins and the Mainstream

2009

Beneke, Katja - Exploring the Visual Representation of Teen Idols
Kaipainen, Patrick – No Thing in Particular
Murnaghan, John – Game Over and Over
Rayburn, Nicole – Monstrous Propositions
Wanner, Jennifer – Ecosimulacra

2008

Bonli, Liv – Down the Dark Hall, Up the Stairs
Lei, Chak Man – Dark-Earth Manual: Approaching an Ink-Based Art Practice
Longfield, Brian – The Montage of Gestures
Andrew MacDonald - Fragments
Panic, Slavica – Betwixt and Between
Sparling, Matthew – Military Signifiers on Clothing, Fashion and Portrait Photography

2007

Blair Fornwald – Between Nothing and Something.
Dagmara Genda – Identity and Exile.
Kathryn Immonen – Soft Cover.
Stephen Lavigne – The Space Between Systems.
Derek Liddington – Can I Borrow That? Investigating Strategies of Citation, Mimicry and Inspiration in Art.
Todd Tremeer – Painting History/History Painting.
Conan Masterson – Kaleidoscopic.

2006

Michael Davidge - Weak Thought and the Visual Arts.
Arnold Koroshegyi - Beyond the Circle of Confusion.
Ayako Kurokawa - Past Memories, Present Feeling.
Daniel Wong - Letters to a Young Poet.

2005

Anna Madelska - Cosmopoeisis: World-Making
Brendan Fernandes - The Kenyan Safari Lodge: Fantasizing about an Authentic Vacation Culture
Demian Petryshyn - An Amoebic Urge: A Contemporary View of Artist-run Centre System in Canada
Elizabeth Phillips - Becoming Adaptation: Idiosyncratic Sketches on (Self) Portrait Painting (and Writing)
Kathleen Ritter - At the Doors to the Gallery
Steven Laurie - Celebratory Angst: Performing Masculinity

2004

Debra Dyer - Lost in the Details
Lisa Fedorak - Tainted Strokes
Amy Harrison - Childlikeness
Alex Homanchuk - The City Will Recall
Pamela Wilson - Appropriation and Irony: Post modern Elements in the Work of Three Contemporary Canadian Artists

2003

Pedro Correia - By Design: Ornament and Fascism
Joscelyn Gardner - White Skin, Black Kin: Theorizing the Representation of Creole Identity
Sarah Peterson - RE-VIEWING A History of Landscape and Wilderness Perception
Raffaela Prencipe - 100% Natural: Escape and Identity Within the Suburban Garden
Dana Samuel - Archives in Action: Narrative Technologies and Interactive Art.

2002

Sarah Beveridge - Private Intervention into Public Spaces
Paul Dreossi - Blood, Sweat, and Gears: An Examination of Performed Representations of Masculine Subjectivity
Robyn Foster - Escape Hatch: Escape from Everyday Lived Reality through Transitional Objects
Larry Glawson - Photography, Sex and Dancing
Mark Schilling - The Spectres of Brecht and Benjamin: “New” Media, Access, Resistance

2001

Lucia M. Cipriano - Ruses Not Muses
Jennifer Dorner - Between Departure and Arrival: Exploring Site Production
Chris Down - "The Impossibility of Painting is Merely a Feeling"
Adriana E. Kuiper - Semi-Detached
Larisa MacSween - Everyday Girl Anxieties and Superhero Alter Ego Fantasies

2000 & prior

David Armstrong - Erratics and Errata: Printing between Horizons (2000)
Dana J. Dansereau - One Day: Technology, Tactics and Time (2000)
Toni Latour - Conflicts and Contractiions: Questions of Excess, Autonomy and Value within Artistic Production (2000)
Maymee Ying Lum - Filum (2000)
Paola V. Poletto - Moonscapes and Menus: Artistic Production, Personal Experience and the Analogy of Hibernation (2000)
Olexander S. Wlasenko - Ethnic Limbs: Diasporic Memory (2000)
Shinobu Akimoto - L.M.R. (Last Month's Rentor Living Making Reflex) (1999)
Kim Dawn Graham - (in) between the space(s) of terror i find fragments of my memory (1999)
Marc G. Lebreche - A Visual Re-Presentation of the World and the Philosophical Self (1999)
Christine Shaw - Locomotion (1999)
Christy L. Thompson - Carrying Wet Laundry & Starting Fires (1999)
David Grenier - Homo Sweet Homo (1998)
Franklyn George - Stories and Iyahlogues (1997)
Shelley Niro - A Journey Through Iroquois Myths, Legends, Icons and History (1997)
Andy Patton - Some Current Problems with Painting (1997)
Kim Simon - Otherwise Than Seeing (1997)
Sharon Switzer - Waltzing in Now-Time (1997)

 

PHD

2014

David KempThe Things We Know but Cannot Explain
Colin E. MinerA Photographic Ontology: Being Haunted Within The Blue Hour And Expanding Field
Stephanie Karen Radu - Making Ourselves at Home: Representation, Preservation & Interpretation at Canada's House Museums

2013

Patton, Andrew - A Painter's Brush That Also Makes Poems: Contemporary Painting After Northern Song Calligraphy

2012

Gurney, Janice – All Alliance of Fragments: Actor-Network-Theory and the Translation of Things
Jordan, Miriam - Dialogical Materialism: Bakhtin, Embodiment and Moving Image Art 
Rodgers, Kevin - Out of Order: Thinking Through Robin Collyer, Discontent and Affirmation (1973-1985)
Smith, Matthew - Relational Viewing: Affect, Trauma and the Viewer in Contemporary Autobiographical Art

2011

Ghaznavi, Corinna - Animal: A Curatorial Approach
Hallows, Jason – Demonstration
Villar, Andrés - Latin American Visual Arts in the 1920s