Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Sara Clark


Since childhood, my passion to create has driven me to search for the simplest truths within the world I live in. Throwbacks of pop culture have always decorated my life and their influences are directly reflected in my work. The nightly news, advertisements, pulp magazines, film, and music all play an extremely important role in my work as each influence becomes a layer of spirit and emotion in my mixed media paintings and photography. It’s those ordinary and mundane gifts that I find in each normal day that spill the truth and the essence of my life into my art. Popular culture has always filled my life with vivacity, passion, and a yearning for creativity. Admittedly, I’ve long been an artist that gets lost in the contemporary message of my work. I do after all own it and somewhere in my creative mind the process of creation and the object as art become my unified gospel in a sacred delivery and message. I absorb my surroundings, dissect it, rearrange it, and spit it back out to the world as a reinterpretation of the original, and on occasion transform it into something totally original within itself.


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Date of Submission

October 2010