Date of Graduation

Fall 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts


Art - Graphic Design

Research Sponsor

Dave Szalay

First Reader

Dave Flynn

Second Reader

Vlada Vukadinovic


There are many ways of creating understanding; art is one of them. When there are misunderstandings created through a combination of art and oronyms, however, that is where the real fun begins. Oronyms are similar to homonyms however, instead of the same word being spelled in different ways, oronyms are usually composed of multiple words used together that cause confusion in the brain.[1]

An example would be the phrase, “Have you seen me at my darkest,” being misconstrued as, “Have you seen me in my carcass.” This creates an oronym which could be illustrated as two individuals, one envisioning themselves as a person whom has just forgone a tanning session and the other envisioning their friend in a meat suite, having a grand time. There may even be a look of discus on the friends face as they imagine the stench of the flesh suite.

This concept of oronyms has been illustrated in five illustrations as well as a process book. It was worked on through a summer and a semester in order to hopefully help people understand what they are and to fulfill an exhibition requirement for an honors in art. The Five finished pieces have images going from left to right, top to bottom, across the page.

[1] Richard Nordquist. “Oronym.” thoughtco.com. (accessed November 15, 2017).