Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

George Rivera, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Luis Valdovino

Third Advisor

Michael Beitz

Fourth Advisor

Chris Pearce


This thesis contains a detailed visual record of my virtual reality (VR) work entitled “Lost in Translation.” I use 180-degree panoramas to capture the essence of the work. “Lost in Translation” is an attempt to understand better and ultimately accept events from my early teenage years, that after much introspection and therapy, I believe to have negatively impacted much of my adult life. This is a seated VR experience that reflects on themes of identity and place through interaction with objects and various media from the artist’s childhood memories of immigrating from Poland to the United States.


Focus of the paper is research into virtual reality (VR) as an art medium. The potential of the new medium, how VR is already used by established and emerging artists, and useful tools and resources for content creation.