Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Arts and Letters and University Honors
Arts & Letters
Art -- Moral and ethical aspects, Art -- Aesthetics, Arts -- Philosophy, Abject art
Controversial artworks are relentlessly defended by art critics, who frequently downplay their disturbing emotional affect. Against an overwhelming consensus to the contrary, this essay will propose that ethical analysis is an effective and critically revealing method of engaging with contemporary transgressive art. It will argue that in favoring conceptual rather than emotional reactions, commentators fail to fully engage with the work they promote. Far from clouding our judgement, shame, outrage, and revulsion are the very emotions that artworks can set out to evoke. I am specifically interested in artists that challenge the attitude of aesthetic disinterestedness through engaging our moral sensibilities.
Ivanova, Veronika, "Trespass" (2016). University Honors Theses. Paper 230.