Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Christina A. West

Second Advisor

Wesley Harvey

Third Advisor

Jill Frank


Dawn is an exhibition combining fragmented figurative sculptures, altered objects taken from the home, projected video and ambient audio to create an environment that merges physical and psychological spaces. This exhibition uses my ongoing experiences with sleep paralysis and the entanglements produced by my nighttime adventures to situate the viewer in the liminal space that I regularly revisit. In Dawn, fragments of figurative self-replicas and fragments of a bedroom become screens for projected imagery that reflect the disorientated feelings associated with moments of transition. Window blinds disrupt projected video of dust floating in the light like stars and murmuration’s passing through the trees in my backyard, obscuring the figure that lies behind the blinds in stripes of light shifting with time. Together in a space, these works are a lens through which I examine my mental state as a liminal space, like that experienced in a state of sleep paralysis.


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