Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Nancy Floyd

Second Advisor

Constance Thalken

Third Advisor

Joseph Peragine


The work I created in conjunction with this paper is a representation of myself and my family, both individually and as a unit. The work was spawned by a search for my identity at my current age of 25. The outcome is an installation of photographs that focus on my heritage and family work ethic and a series of altar-like tables highlighting the personalities of my grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, and sister when they were experiencing life at my stage. I believe that this work culminates in defining me. Every element, every individual, reflects a part of myself in the people I love. The following paper explores the elements that come into play in the creation of this work.