Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type



Through meditation and layering of yarns, I visually present the process of embracing myself, specifically my personal traumas, and cultural duality. The tension between concealing and revealing of constant shifts in emotion is a crucial facet of my artwork. Evolving from an art therapy technique, the Winnicott Squiggle Game, I am drawn to the connections one can make with one another from a simple cluster of lines and create images as a result. These images are a result of intention and accident, a combination that mimics inevitable life choices.

My method of creating each canvas is a very intricate process and becomes a form of meditation, embodying the essential meaning of my work. Expressing obsession of art making and repetitive labor with use of yarn is essential for me. Tangible interaction with the fluid yarn, that I do not have complete control over, is crucial as I ‘draw’ with thread and yarn. These sets of lines create texture and movement, which allow for a distinct experience of the viewer depending on what has been done to these organic forms. The organic forms represent the macro and micro; the forms all come together to be complete. The audience are able to experience my process of art making and meditation.

In the thesis, I will discuss the importance of repeated artmaking process and influences of abstract expressionism. I will also examine how emotions and sympathy is universal through my visualization of a space that encompasses the viewers.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Buzz Spector

Studio/Primary Advisor

Zlatko Cosic

Studio/Primary Advisor

Heather Bennett

Committee Member

Jessica Baran

Committee Member

Jessica Baran

Artist's Statement

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