Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2014

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author's Department/Program

Art (Printmaking)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)


Creatures of Habit is a body of artwork that explores how patterns, habits and records relate to the human desire to find fulfillment and understanding. The work was approached using two distinct ways of making. The first draws upon the concept of a “closed system” to create my own self-contained processes to work within and form imagery around. The second way is responding to pre-existing patterns, or open systems, that allow for a transfer of internal and external information. Open and closed systems represent the human struggle to find control as well as feel connected to the surrounding world. The influential roles of the artists Idris Khan, John Early, and Andy Goldsworthy, as well as the theorists Allen Sekula and Alexander A. Gurshtein are discussed in relationship to my work as well.


English (en)

Advisor/Committee Chair

Lisa Bulawsky

Advisor/Committee Chair's Department