Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Julie Carr

Second Advisor

Noah Eli Gordon

Third Advisor

Adam Bradley


This work concerns itself with questions of domesticity, human contact with the present and future tenses, the promise, and the concept of abstraction through ruminations on expressionist and color field painting. It employs both lyric and prose modes and forms in tandem. Its central question is, perhaps: if the subject places themselves in or projects their subjectivity onto the abstract, does it remain abstract? What implications could this transposition of subjectivity have on promises, abstracted by the future tense and yet concrete in terms of the materiality of language? In this work, both the house and paintings are primary sites for investigation.

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