Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Christina West

Second Advisor

Joseph Peragine

Third Advisor

Jess Jones


Embrace the Suck is an important and widely experienced military colloquialism. The phrase is based on the undeniable fact that life is about to become very difficult and the only option is to embrace all that is horrible. I reimagine childhood toys, playing at war and subvert the monumental. Common heroic exploits are restructured into moments between action, the hurry up and wait, the busy work, the catharsis through self-destruction. Based on my personal experiences in the US Army and an arsenal of information and stories from fellow soldiers, I become a native informant.