Date of Award

Spring 4-25-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Joe Peragine

Second Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Third Advisor

Craig Drennen



Recent Works chronicles and fleshes out the processes, formations, iterations, and manifestations that resulted in the creation of the thesis exhibition of the same name. This thesis is an examination of the underlying scaffolding that structures my current art process. The defense I give examines the work and its relationship to the body. Through focusing on the body of the viewer, my work aims at approaching the body directly by functioning aesthetically. By functioning this way the body becomes the site for meaning making. The individual works in Recent Works evoke associations with bodily forms and fluids; the substance of which we exist in the world. These forms are abstractions of the body and constructed from unorthodox materials, existing in various states of completion. This provisional nature of the work is a comment on the contingency of our finite existence in the world. The gallery is also discusses as a vehicle for a heightened experience of the work in which I describe as religious in nature.