Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Second Advisor

Pam Longobardi

Third Advisor

Craig Drennen

Fourth Advisor

Serena Perrone

Fifth Advisor

Nedda Ahmed


Starting from my roots in Persian traditions, I am branching out, seeking my place in the universe, and looking for enlightenment among other belief systems. I draw inspiration from Persian poets and scholars like Rumi that form the basis of my research – and the Sufi mystic Attar in particular. Attar wrote about the steps one must complete to attain enlightenment in his tale The Conference of the Birds. In this tale, a group of birds must survive through seven challenges, or valleys, to reach spiritual perfection. The Seven Valleys combines seven screen-printed Plexiglass panels with projected video, sound, and shadow to explore spirituality. This immersive, multilayered installation is an investigation of the phenomenology of flow, unity, and transcendence and how humans can experience ecstasy in connection with the natural world.


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