Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

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



Works and writings from various fields will be discussed throughout the following thesis, including those from contemporary art, anthropology, ethnology and literary theory. Particular attention will be paid to my studio practice as well as the work of artists: Amy Sillman, Eva Hesse, Richard Tuttle, Jackson Pollock, Donald Judd, Mary Heilmann, Haim Steinbach, Mike Kelley and Marcel Duchamp. Other important materials and texts that will be used to support my argument include: the 2007 group exhibition “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, poet and art critic Raphael Rubenstein’s essay, “Provisional Painting,” anthropologist and ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss’s concept of “bricolage,” writer and critic Nicolas Bourriaud’s book, The Radicant, literary theorist Victor Shklovsky’s notion of “defamiliarization,” and the music of country singer/songwriter Roger Miller.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Committee Member

John Sarra

Committee Member

John Sarra

Committee Member

Monika Weiss

Committee Member

John Early

Artist's Statement

Tried To Be Everything

In the beginning, nights

wanted to know what

under-thinking could do.

Told to play words

somehow for thoughts,

then summer and the

nights’ mind got restless.

Tried to be everything.

Now, let that open dart

reveal what could read

and still be read. Look –

fall in satisfied.

And if by now not

everything taken is wanted,

everything will see what

can’t be said.

Crazy Little Telephone

In the end, time

barely hangs

invented by everybody.

Get comfort

from fire and honey,

crazy little telephone.

Room to Breathe

Every time light knew wrong,

questions grew cold, an ear

felt the leaves start, and

the promise of love

was wanted. Staring eyes –

almost anything was more.

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