Honors Projects for Art and Art History

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    Service Connected A Creative Thesis for Senior Honors Project
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2021) Kaneko, Ruth ; Babcock, Mary ; Art
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    Fleshy Familiarity: Expanding Art
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2021) Ruiz, Ellena ; Drexler, Debra ; Art
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    Queering the Abstract Figure: Ambiguous Bodies in the Artwork of Christina Quarles
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2021) Igarashi, Sarah ; Faris, Jaimey Hamilton ; Art
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    The Symbiotic Relationship Between China’s Belt and Road Initiative Economic Investment Projects and its Global Military Presence
    (University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2019) Cobile, Ashley ; Soguk, Nevzat ; Zhou, Kate ; Art
    This research will investigate the calculated risks China is undertaking through soft power means in order to advance its economic interests in continents like Asia, Europe, and Africa. There is a symbiotic relationship between China’s growing global military posture and its economic investments abroad. My analysis will focus on China’s growing presence in international waters in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and its expansion into critical maritime chokepoints. In order to fully comprehend Chinese policies, I will examine President Xi Jinping’s global dependence project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). I will also examine China’s strengthening ties with affiliated countries, its insertion of security personnel, weapons transactions, and the creation of infrastructures in those regions. Over time, the location of Chinese investments may contain strategic deep-water ports and military capabilities with the presence of China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA). China’s investments, coupled with the expansion of the PLA, are likely to present long-lasting economic and security challenges to the United States hegemony in the IOR and beyond. Data collected are from credible primary and secondary open sources. The compilation of references in my research contains publications, university journals, news articles, and official government reports, which further augments the argument of BRI investments containing a military presence in the future.
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    Improving a Gold and Titanium Containing Metallodrug’s Efficacy Against Bladder Cancer
    (University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2019) Yata, Lacye ; Ramos, Joe ; Brown, Amy ; Art
    The World Health Organization (WHO) names cancer as a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008 and projected to rise above 13.1 million deaths in 2030 (1). With regard to bladder cancer specifically, 68,000 adults are affected in the United States each year. Although it occurs more frequently in older men than it does in women, bladder cancer can happen at any age. Symptoms may include blood in the urine, painful urination, and pelvic pain. The risk increases with smoking, increase in age, chronic bladder inflammation, family history, and even exposure to certain chemicals (arsenic and chemicals used in dyes, rubber, leather, textiles and paint products) (2). To combat potential complications, a closer look into metallodrugs reveals promising results as an innovational approach to destroying malignant cells. For this study, a metallodrug containing two metals (titanium and gold or ruthenium and gold) with conformational changes within its scaffold will be constructed and tested in this project. Structural variations of the metallodrug will be designed and tested for effectiveness against bladder cancer in vitro. The planned assays will help determine how these metallodrug compounds kill bladder cancer, while providing guidance on ways to improve them. This data will determine what metallodrugs were most effective for follow-up in vivo studies in mouse models.
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    Site as System: Local to Global Ecologies
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2018) Katzeman, John Aaron ; Faris, Jaimey Hamilton ; Art and Art History
    This essay will discuss the strategic uses of site-specificity in several recent environmental artworks in and around the city of Los Angeles. Since the early 2000s, artists have been responding to the city’s natural crises such as drought and air polluti
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    Skin Soma Psyche
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Alden, Mira ; Cohan, Charles ; Art
    I am fascinated by the function of metaphor in the construction of individual and collective meaning. Increasingly, I am intrigued by an intuitive process of working rather than the development and execution of a preconceived pattern or plan. My work generally does not contain a specific message that can be communicated literally. Rather content is generated through form, texture, and motion in physical and psychological spaces.
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    Reflections on the Gif
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Furtado, Trinette ; Art
    This paper describes the events and work surrounding my Honors thesis exhibit, which was shown in the Department of Art's Commons Gallery at the University of Hawai'i- Manoa from April 8th, 2001 to April 12th, 2001. The title of this thesis exhibit was "Reflections on the Gift", and the show consisted of six mixed media sculptural pieces, ten handmade fabric banners and over two hundred screen prints of five different quotes or koans that I selected. The sculptural pieces were chosen and crafted as gifts with specific recipients in mind as they were given away after the exhibit ended. The prints were gifts for anyone viewing the exhibit who felt 'attached' to a particular quote or koan; they were welcomed (through labels) to take a print if they liked. The banners were given to people who asked for them when the show closed and was taken down.
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    A Critical Analysis of the Euro-American Social, Political, and Economic Forces Affecting the History of Graphic Design
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Higa, Allison ; Art
    In every country and continent, from the ancient cave paintings on upwards through the centuries, artwork has been one of man' s devices for reflecting on his society. Whether it be a temple to glorify a god or an anti-war street theatre perfor­ mance, its artists are interacting with and respond­ ing to forces within their societies. Even a painting which seems to have no inherent message at all still cannot escape the era in which it's made.
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    Creativity as Actualized Potential
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Kohara, Kimberly ; Preble, Duane ; Art
    As an art student, I am confronted daily with what feels like the inadequacy of my creative powers. I realized that this inadequacy stemmed in part from my imprecise knowledge of creativity. This paper gave me the opportunity to clarify the meaning of the word and resulted in a broader understanding of the subject.