Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Ralph Slatton

Thesis Professor Department

Art and Design

Thesis Reader(s)

David Dixon, Scott Contreras-Koterbay


The Living Chain is a body of work built to apply and analyze mythological narrative and traditional printmaking techniques. The work is a collection of prints telling an original narrative that derives much of its visual and thematic style from the works of the Baroque and Medieval periods, as well as significant influence from the prints of Gustave Doré. The purpose of this paper is to explore the ideas, mythologies, histories, and symbols found in and inspiring the work, in order to better understand the work’s purpose and its technical challenges. Additional focus is given to the historical significance and cultural impact of meaningful, mythological narratives and the differences between modern and historic narratives told through sequential works of art.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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