Date of Award

Spring 4-25-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Ruth Stanford

Second Advisor

George Beasley

Third Advisor

Joseph Peragine

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Susan Richmond


Binding of Non-Blood combines found and fabricated objects interwoven with recorded spoken word stories by a narrator I identified only as “Man 1.” The stories include themes about coming-of-age, familial dynamics, gang-related activity, and an obscenity of war all originating from the initial directive, “tell me a story of friends who became closer than family.” This chapter focuses on a character who interacted with “Man 1” in a Motorcycle Gang in the 1970s by the name of Loose Larry. Throughout the installation, viewers are invited to eavesdrop on stories about Larry, which are presented anonymously from within the sculptures. Left without descriptors or characteristics of the narrator, the viewer is able to detach from any presumptions they may carry with them, and bring their own meaning to the stories. Binding of Non-Blood is intended to demonstrate how experiencing events together can unite individuals from a multitude of backgrounds and cultures.