Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Mark Burleson

Second Advisor

Christina West

Third Advisor

Tim Flowers

Fourth Advisor

Joe Peragine


My ceramic sculptures are abstracted portraits of friends and family. They reveal no clues about the age, the gender, or the physical identity of the subjects. Instead, they are abstracted character traits rendered in clay with a biomorphic sensibility. I translate a particular personality trait of a friend or family member into a tangible object and arrange those pieces referencing botanical forms. I tend to choose the negative traits that cause friction in our relationship. My work is a way of acknowledging and dealing with the struggle these traits have caused. I structure my pieces as a floral arrangement to transfer an otherwise unfavorable experience into a positive one.