Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Media Studies

Reader 1

Rachel Mayeri

Reader 2

T Kim-Trang Tran

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My thesis animation, Kudzu Kingdom, is an allegorical yet informative video about kudzu, the invasive vine that covers my home in Maryland. The animation follows a girl who pursues a white butterfly into a grove of kudzu, falls down a hole, and discovers a brilliant world beneath the vine. In this world, she learns about kudzu and the native species that it shrouds.

My project is a drop in a sea of literature, poems, art, essays, and films involving kudzu, but I hope that by using a unique combination of fact and fantasy I will give viewers a version of the kudzu story that augments their ecological knowledge of kudzu and native plants without disparaging their emotional associations with the vine. Because I am covering kudzu specifically as it affects Marylanders and nature native to Maryland, I am filling a gap in the large library of art pertaining to Kudzu. While kudzu has completely consumed southern art and literature, it has yet to completely permeate mid-Atlantic Maryland’s artistic archives. My animation will be part of an emerging Northern voice in the conversation about kudzu.

Streaming Media

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.