Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2016

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



My thesis is constructed of fifty text modules, each containing 100 words exactly. These modules express my technical interests, my personal history, and artists that influenced my writing and paintings. The module form enables me to concentrate my thoughts about how I approach personal studio methods and constrain personal limitations that direct my writing into poetry. The methods employed in the writing also correlate with my paintings. Many of the modules address methods I use in constructing my paintings; arrays of gestural marks of language and sometimes specifics words. I choose to arrange these letterforms in gestural fields of color. The writing and paintings that follow are of equal importance for me in my art practice. Mark making, for me, is both indexical remnant and a means of communication. Whether legible or not, my marks always propose that they can be read and the act of reading is inseparable from the visual surveying of my art.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Committee Member

Cheryl Wassenaar

Committee Member

Cheryl Wassenaar

Committee Member

Jeff Hamilton

Artist's Statement

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