Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Melanie Yazzie

Second Advisor

Giulia Bernardini

Third Advisor

James Cordova

Fourth Advisor

Matthew Christie

Fifth Advisor

Scott Chamberlin


I've found that the work of Roberta Restanio can only be approached by accepting art as an open system: protean, powerful, and mutable as it confronts its own disciplinary limitations, new art forms, and modes of thought. When you approach Roberta's work, the art is not quiet; instead, it is something we encounter, something that forces us to think. Her work helps encourage a theoretical framework of art history that can be anchored in an interpretation of the world that exists indissolubly linked to the complexities and aesthetics of the biological world. By extracting subtleties from the biological world that would otherwise go unnoticed, her innovative exploration of natural world that engulfs us yields pieces that can be characterized as at once aesthetic and ontological.

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