Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2019

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



Short stories are an indirect way of creating a truth by showing instead of telling. They are a way to observe and communicate a single idea. A short story for me is a vehicle for hiding my truth behind a character, exploring myself in the safety of an identity that is not my own. When I read Chunky in Heat, author A.M. Homes and I hide together behind her character, Cheryl, and find solidarity.

The following writings, paintings, and sculptures are collaborations between myself and the women of short story fiction. Those women being the authors, the subjects, and the readers. Each character provides a different understanding of myself and my work. These characters are helping me to collaborate alongside the many real women with whom I can identify in an effort to put a name to an idea that remains heavily undefined.

I cannot tell you what this undefined Thing is. I can only show you using short stories as way to indirectly tell the truth.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Buzz Spector

Studio/Primary Advisor

Lisa Bulawsky

Studio/Primary Advisor

Heather Bennett

Committee Member

Lindsey Stouffer

Committee Member

Lindsey Stouffer

Artist's Statement

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