The Pinnacle

Master's Thesis


My art is about story telling and myth building and the role that memory plays in these two things. A large part of my work is also about how the story, once created, is then delivered. I use written, oral, and graphic language to tell my stories. These three story-telling methods are as old as humankind. Written being the newest of the three, but by no means a modern invention.
I have always questioned the historical precedence of the story. “Is this real, did that really happen, and if not then what did?" I have found joy in both telling and listening to stories all of my life. I have enjoyed metering the level of embellishment. I grew up in the rural heartland. I’m using my memories to create a story about the place where I was raised. What is that story about? It’s about Doad and how he helped me break my deal with the devil. It’s about joy and hurt mixed with persimmon mush. It’s about going out in the woods and finding the Pinnacle.


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  • etd-04182007-020557

Author Steven Dale Foutch, Jr.
Advisor Jean Dibble
Contributor Jean Dibble, Committee Chair
Contributor Charles Rosenburg, Committee Member
Contributor Maria Tomasula, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Art, Art History, and Design
Degree Name MFA
Defense Date
  • 2007-04-02

Submission Date 2007-04-18
  • United States of America

  • Art philosophy

  • Art

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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