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Date of Award

Fall 5-19-2017

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis


This thesis focuses on the complex nature of experience and the ability to capture its essence through forms of representation. I start with a narrative to give the reader a personal history and context that drive my work. I then go on to examine the moment in which an experience exceeds the mundane and becomes significant. I also examine the object and focus on its ability to act as a remnant of an experience and therefore become a means of self-reflection. I use the work Box with the Sound of its own making by Robert Morris and the work Inhabited for a Survey (First Floor Plan from Self-Portrait as a Building) by Mark Manders in correlation with my own to explain the roll of objects in the recollection. Lastly, I analyze a work by Tomas Demand, titled Poll, to focus on the photographs lack of ability to represent a moment fully.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Richard Krueger

Committee Member

Arny Nadler

Committee Member

Ron Fondaw