Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2018

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author's Program

Art (Painting)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)




Water has a relationship with every living thing on earth, and represents a force that both gives life and can eliminate it. In my work, I use water, color, and the figure to explore the sublime, death and decay, the passage of time, and overwhelming emotions. I have looked at my work in relation to Marilyn Minter’s photography, Mark Rothko’s color field paintings, Julie Evans’ and Henri Matisse’s cut-out works, Sam Gilliam’s continuously changing canvas installations, and Ekaterina Smirnova’s investigation into the meaning of an individual’s place in the universe. By seeing the different ways in which these artists and myself have dealt with these different facets, I hope to gain a better understand of the different ways in which humans process difficult concepts such as these, which I can then use in my future art therapy practice.