Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Constance Thalken

Second Advisor

Jill Frank

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond

Abstract

A thing among things is an endless pursuit to expand the definition of home and find resolve during life’s circumstances. I constantly search for meaning within myself, my family, and our surroundings because one of my greatest fears is to live a purposeless life. Initially, I was allured by the false sense of control that photography provides as I guided individuals, directed scenes, and selected the framing. However, I realize that the medium has the potential to reveal accidental truths within the fantasies I create. The photographs are constructed and spontaneous. The stage is predetermined but any narrative can unfold. I’m obsessed with unplanned moments that allow me to see through the guilt and condemnation and feel at peace with who I am and never fully knowing what I’ll be.

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