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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Ginna Cullen


My book arts explore the creative process. I am interested in what drives an artist to create and what can paralyze that creative action by blocking the process. I examine such issues as finding one’s personal muse and overcoming procrastination and self-doubt. Implements of exploration such as maps, compasses, and globes are materials included in this series of sculptural books. I also offer meticulous renderings of cacti, a personal symbol of resilience and power, as an illustration of finding and accepting my muse as “The Everyday.” Drawn in pencil on gessoed wooden panels, these detailed drawings are examples of discoveries and conclusions made in my exploration.


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Date of Submission

August 2009