Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Christina West

Second Advisor

Craig Drennen

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond

Fourth Advisor

Joe Peragine


Traumatic triggers come in many forms: the smell of a rose, the taste of a warm pie, the sound of music, the gaze of a loved one, and the touch of soft soil. What appears ordinary to one may repel another, but the tension between these two opposing reactions is what entices me as an artist. Every trigger is tied to a specific memory which causes me, as a survivor, to question my reality and what I believe to be true. Is this love or is this abuse? What happens when I succumb to the memory that haunts me? My work addresses themes of domesticity, trauma, and sentimentality through the creation of sculpture and video works. Asunder is a minefield of such works that are my response to personal trauma while offering a space for outside connection.