Date of Award

Summer 6-29-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MFA - Master of Fine Arts


Fine Arts

First Advisor

Laurel Sparks


My thesis project dissects the carefully designed structure and political nature of public and private spaces through the physical manipulation and redaction of architectural and design magazines. Utilizing the process of collage and décollage, the work (re)presents visual cues of interiors, architectural passageways, and empty spaces as manipulated and defamiliarized structures. Margins and negative spaces are illuminated to reveal unpredictability, fragility, uncertainty, and the absence of truth. Here, space is far from passive – instead space is constantly in the process of being constructed. Through this work, I question how architecture is intentionally designed for the white wealthy and consequently designed to keep others out. Additionally, I explore the way in which we are conditioned to learn our place and to navigate space in society.




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