I've had a bit of shift in the past week. The idea I've been running with isn't quite suitable for the thesis show. I've decided to change directions just a little bit (don't freak out, Mohr). I'm going to focus solely on English words. Specifically, American-English words. I've found so many examples of American words that don't exist in other languages, and they are such rich samples of our culture. However, they're such common words that they're so easily overlooked; we take them for granted. For my thesis, I want to call attention to these words and suggest to my audience that words change the way we think. Examples of these words: Procrastinate, Awkward, Blue-Collar, Sarcasm, Creepy, Pimp, Small Talk, Privacy. These words exist in few, if any other languages! Isn't that crazy? I want to encourage viewers to reconsider these words and imagine what our language and our conceptual reality might be like if they didn't exist.
For the show, I've decided that I will appropriate classic American icons, imagery, and artwork and pair them with an all-American word. I'm really inspired by Wayne White's paintings, and I think it might be a perfect direction for my show. Next step is to narrow down my list of words, and start pairing them with imagery.