Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Joe Siepel


I prefer to make my work specifically for an exhibition about a place. I'll spend days, sometimes months, exploring this place without preconceptions - walking the roads or trails or fields, falling in love with aspects of the landscape, considering questions the place suggests before I begin to contemplate how to make them into images. The actual making of images helps me to refine thought that is often elusive, contradictory, or enigmatic. Each pinhole photograph, painting, sketchbook, found object, sculpture, or drawing provides its own tools for reflection. Over time, these processes form hundreds of images. Some will begin to call themselves together and somehow suggest a new perspective, a cumulative image that reveals something heretofore unseen about this place, even to me. With these new insights in mind, I begin to cull the images, seeking to draft a sense of place, to part out from complexity a body of work that I hope will allow viewers to contemplate a place through the language of its own images.


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Date of Submission

June 2008