Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2016

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



Travel acts as a disruptor of routine, encouraging meditation and self-reflection. This activity is especially important in my studio practice because I come from an intensely region- bound family. My personal identity is influenced by my geographical and cultural location. In my studio practice I utilize a combination of writing and visual media to explore these fundamental facets of my life. I use Joseph Campbell’s monomyth structure of narrative storytelling as a baseline for constructing my written narratives. The narratives make heavy use of a feminine voice and examines what it is to be a woman in contemporary America. The visual elements of work riff on motifs commonly found in Abstract Expressionism and other prominent painting movements of the twentieth century.

The work not only explores ideas of personal identity, but also delves into the space/body dynamic which is an important lens for viewing and interacting with the world. idea of entropy as a catalyst for events and a motivator of self- memorializing. My work shares theoretical threads with artists such as Robert Smithson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Allan Kaprow, Bernard Tschumi, and Miranda July.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Committee Member

Jessica Baran

Committee Member

Jessica Baran

Committee Member

Monika Weiss

Committee Member

Heather Bennett

Artist's Statement

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