Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Claire Grace

Major

Art History

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis examines Bessie Harvey’s artwork under the thematic groupings “landscape,” “labor,” and “the Bible.” I argue that she mines the fetishized aspects of United States history out of the physical landscape in order to foreground that haunting structures that are engrained in the land itself, depictions of the laboring body, and interpretations of the Bible. By applying the framework of “haunting,” I further situate Harvey’s body of work as a critical approach to the canonical history of the United States, the art historical canon, as well as the biblical canon.

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