Date of Award

Spring 8-11-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Mark Burleson

Second Advisor

Christina West

Third Advisor

Craig Drennen


Parts of the Sum is an installation of ceramic, wood, and drawn components which examines the symbiosis of individual and cultural identity: a recursive relationship which engenders unceasing diversity. The installation uses patterns and rule-based compositions as vehicles to address the development of complexity from compounded simplicity as it relates to personality. An immersive meta-network that emulates the complexity underlying identity, Parts of the Sum ultimately relies on the active participation and inclusion of the viewer for completion.