Challenging the American Western Myth
The West has been bound by a myth that features the frontiersman on the edge of civilization. This myth has been deep-seeded in American popular culture through literary, performing and visual arts. My thesis is an in-depth examination of this myth, in an attempt to reveal its continued influence on western ideologies. Through the manipulation of materials found in the rural west I seek to subvert the visual language that continues to advance this idyll.