Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art & Art History
Blurring digital and analog processes of printmaking, I create painted relief sculptures of digestive organs that are enveloped in multiplied color prints of flowering chamomile, peppermint, fennel and marshmallow. I've begun investigating the properties of these plants due to a recent diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder. The ingesting of these plants, along with the act of carving and printing has been a therapeutic process. Historically flowers have been gifted to the deceased, recently wed, and sick loved ones. This gestural form of communication extends the capacity of human language. The pairing of flowers with the winding path of the intestinal tract suggests a harmonious relationship between the inside and outside world and acts as a metaphor for life's journey.
Cikauskas, Sam, "Guts" (2015). Art Practices MFA Theses. 47.