Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author's Program

Art (Photography)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)




The well-sibling syndrome, one result of growing up with a sibling with a disability and/or mental illness, is a set of uncontrollable and scary circumstances made permanent. My own experience with the syndrome—combined with the fact that it is not yet formally recognized—prompted me to focus this investigation onto my family, specifically my older sister. The work I created during this process is not about her but uncovering my trauma and my strained relationship to her. This paper serves as my own unscientific argument for the gravity of the well-sibling syndrome, using my fears, failures, and aversions to frame symptoms that started in my adolescence and now linger into my adult life.

Mentor/Primary Advisor

Michael Byron

Available for download on Wednesday, May 17, 2119