Date of Award

Summer 6-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MFA - Master of Fine Arts


Fine Arts

First Advisor

Stuart Steck

Second Advisor

Laurel Sparks

Third Advisor

Jan Avgikos


This paper explores my art practice as a phenomenological search for understanding how to be in the world. It begins with a description of my practice as a way to access the place of possibility that exists between faith and doubt. I examine materiality in art making to encourage consideration of both the physical and temporal nature of experience and to find balance with the increasingly incorporeal experience of the digital world. I discuss the materials and processes of drawing, sewing, and printmaking within their historical contexts. This paper connects my practice with artists who consider the act of perception and question power structures through abstraction. I conclude with how the relevancy of the works created for my thesis project are heightened in light of the pandemic’s affect on our lives, and further the essential dialogue in contemporary culture.

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