Master's Theses

Human Nature

Mary Robb, Fort Hays State University

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Human Nature explores my personal observations and life experiences through the use of my narrative ceramic sculptures. Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics or behaviors to non-human entities, such as animals. Some animals are more desirable than others, but all have value and purpose. They exist for a reason. They all bleed. They just want to be. People are like that. I became untrusting of humans after a childhood trauma and began relating more to animals than humans. I observed many similarities in wild animals with my experience. They are continually on alert searching for food and watching for predators. I became afraid of humans and fearful I was being hunted. Using human animal hybrids allows me to tell my stories free from the entanglement that human to human interaction brings.