The chaos of life stands as a shifting obstacle in human purpose. While mankind as a whole is burdened with a fear of change and the unknown, it is only through art that a lack of worldly control can become less challenging to the mind. This process statement outlines the crafting of a series of performative art installations that provided an answer to the question of “How can humanity find stability in an inherently unstable world?” Various research studies based in the arts, socio-psychology, and philosophy will aid in defining the direction this creative project has taken. The improv focused elements of the installments and the findings gathered within each performance, will be used to compose an example of successfully using self-expression as a form of worldly freedom. This paper will review and draw comparisons between the three wide fields of academic research to the thematic web presented in the installments. This dissection of the thematic web serves to show the freeform creative process in writing the storyline, relevant lessons, chronology, improv segments, and costumes. The final results of the installments and the research led to a discovery in the paradoxical and impossible nature of attempting to answer a question for the sake of eliminating ignorance. A definite answer to any question capable of perfect replication, is not the point of life as it is inherently incapable of being controlled.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2022


Matthew L. Johnson

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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The Boat Took A Break On The Whitecaps.pdf (112 kB)
This is the original iteration of the children's book mentioned early in my process statement.

%22The Boat Took A Break On The Whitecaps_ Reprise%22.pdf (100 kB)
This is the epilogue piece to this honors thesis that has yet to be performed and recorded. It is a revised version of the original children's book I created freshman year with a new ending and direct thematic reference made to the thesis.