John DeFeo

Date of Award

Spring 4-18-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Francoise Duresse-Stimilli

Second Advisor

Alvin Gregorio

Third Advisor

Jeanne Quinn

Fourth Advisor

Mike Womack


I was fortunate to spend my youth in a home that abutted a small state forest in central Connecticut. My brothers and I could run across the manicured lawn, through the row of our mother's carefully planted hostas, and within moments be free from the ostensibly iron fists that ruled our small world. Under the cover of the thicketed hardwood forest we were free to construct slipshod forts, track animals for miles and play games of hide-and seek (often "forgetting" to let our youngest brother know that the game had ended). As we grew older our house became the neighborhood hot spot for the asylum the wooded hills provided for our more scandalous deeds. (And the spirit of freedom I then associated with those spaces followed me into adulthood ... )

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