Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Experiencing awkward encounters due to an anxious disposition, I create work that fulfills my own needs to fulfill the needs of others. By manipulating environments and providing props and crafted items, I take control of the situation to function within. Using craft, gift-giving and play, I encourage the audience to participate within my work—fostering community by providing an opportunity to play. Being ever fleeting, the encounters with the work and with the other participants distracts to allow the audience to lose themselves. When the work is gone, the memory lives on to comfort, and to inspire.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Alfaro, Heather, "Distraction and Community: The Magic of Playtime" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 72.