Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

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



Combined with my art practice, this thesis acts as a lens for the universe within the little grids I create. Instead of using brushes and pigments, I’m searching for a different way to represent strokes to form abstract images. I’m interested in using a folding method to make one page of printed paper into multiple layers. It is fascinating to transform single sheets of paper from magazines. The magazines that I have collected show people’s personal interests. These everyday items give hints and first impressions of meaning to the viewer, but I fold the magazines to make them unreadable in the attempt to dim those impressions. The little grids I make in my repetitive act of folding converge to become unique patterns. The words and images on the printed paper, which I can see clearly in the crevices, are deconstructed and fragmented. There are two different languages to encounter on the folded paper in my work: Chinese and English. Watching the pattern grow, I think about culture, language, grids, and nature. Beneath the pleats of folded paper, I look at the soul of a different organism that leads me to find a new world in the grid.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Monika Weiss

Studio/Primary Advisor

Buzz Spector

Studio/Primary Advisor

Cheryl Wassenaar

Committee Member

Ron Fondaw

Committee Member

Ron Fondaw

Artist's Statement

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