Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Stan Anderson

Second Advisor

John Decker

Third Advisor

Paige Taylor


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Foster Child is my attempt to bring to light my love for dolls as creatures to be created and imagined again and again. In terms of childhood play, toys function and exist on many levels. Each becomes a friend to some and, in some cases, a confidant. Dolls become more than a plastic play-thing and through the eyes of the individual take on a life of their own based upon the user’s own personal experiences. What I deem my creation will inherently change to someone else’s and even to my mood. I aim to offer the ability to create and blur the lines of these creations. My work is self-explorative and tells of the circumstances from my childhood I hold close.