Date of Award

Spring 4-24-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Richard Saxton

Second Advisor

Francoise Duresse

Third Advisor

Garrison Roots

Fourth Advisor

Yumi Roth

Fifth Advisor

C. Maxx Stevens

Abstract

The written portion of my thesis focuses on three main themes: memory, psychological landscapes, and the abject. These three subjects are the key to interpreting my current visual work.

I started making art out of necessity. It was the best way to communicate with myself. Today the idea of "necessity" has been replaced by a strong sense of desire to communicate with others. I manifest the life I have experienced in order to understand the relationship I have with the world around me. I do this by recreating scenes and scenarios. I adapt and alter my memories by fusing them with other similar events, images, and places. Through sculpture and installations I create a new world and a new way of looking at the past.

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