Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Xinran Hu

Second Advisor

Jeff Boortz

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Richmond

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Dawn Haynie

Fifth Advisor

Jason Snape


Choose Your Own Adventure! is a concoctive reaction to burnout. Born of frustration, existential crises, and career exhaustion, this project pursues an understanding of where the roots of burnout take hold, in the context of the life and journey of the creative professional. From that base of knowledge, the work seeks to subvert the binding effects of burnout through an amalgam of the experiential and the tactile. Part design experiment, part performance art, part spontaneous conversation therapy, Choose Your Own Adventure! is comprised of evolving collaborative design exercises, as well as a reflective conversation space within the gallery. The goal is not to cure burnout, but rather to serve as a potential respite from the internal and external pressures that weigh on those who pursue a career as a professional creative.


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