The Relentless Memorial:

Environmental Melancholia and Collective Social Mania

This paper covers my research into Environmental Melancholia and what I call “Collective Social Mania.” I believe these two pathologies are linked to an endless cycle of consumerism. This is a behavioral response, and so I believe that only an appropriate behavioral counter-response can hope to mediate this destructive cycle. Furthermore, I believe artists and artworks play a vital role in mediation.

The artwork that goes with this paper will be completed in December 2015 and displayed in Cambridge, MA in January 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at This paper cannot be reprinted or published without my permission. 

Please click: ROSBURG THESIS 

I would like to extend a special thanks to my mentors Christopher Jordan, Erica Blumenfeld, and Rebecca Didomenico. Thank you to my incredibly smart MFA advisors, Deborah Davidson, Peter Rostovsky, and Anthony Apesos, as well as the entire superb teaching staff at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I would like to thank my family and friends who stood by me during the roughest time of my life. Finally, this paper is dedicated to my late father, Jared Lynn Rosburg, who told me to study hard and see it through.


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