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Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2014

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



In this paper, I will be exploring my work and its layers of meaning through my own personal connections to process, material, mark-making, theory and the body image. As well as contextualize my interests in physiology, psychology and identity as it relates to western culture and the human condition. Through my relationship in creating art, I will explore the connections and struggles within the animal human identity and the conscious unconscious experience. I am interested in a Post-Structuralized school of though and have aligned my theories with such writers and philosophers as Carl Jung, Robert Johnson, Gilles Deleuze, Mircea Eliade, and Suzi Gablik, to name a few. It is my belief that the body and mind are not in a relationship with one another, but instead they exist in a constant continuum of connection. Although the body and mind are separated in physicality they exist within the self, connected through life’s experiences and perceptions.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Second Committee Member

Monika Weiss

Second Committee's Department

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Graduate School of Art

Third Committee Member

Monika Weiss

Third Committee's Department

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Graduate School of Art

Fourth Committee Member

Jessica Baran

Fourth Committee's Department

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Graduate School of Art

Artist's Statement

I create paintings and video performances that use the actions and expressions of mark-making to explore the biological body as a changing and evolving structure. I use representation of the body within the limitation of frame and space to explore the origin of psychological response that is rooted in the sentiments of tension and urgency. Through creation of gestures within bodily form, my work strips away recognizable references to time, place and location. It consolidates the action and/or poses of the body it is exploring. My work exposes the viewer to an image that investigates pre-conceived cultural perceptions of classification in the identity of the body. Permanent URL:

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