Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Sara Clark


My work includes both painting and mixed media approaches. My paintings portray the conflict and discrepancies between Eastern and Western cultures. Each painting emphasizes the Western fascination with body image, fashion, and status symbols. In contrast, they also contain intricate details influenced by the patterns of Eastern fabrics and rug designs, as well as images of Buddha. I reflect on the things that each culture finds important or valuable. In my mixed media work, I employ techniques that combine transfer, collage, and painting. My materials include photographs, newspapers, magazines, tissue paper, and text from books. The inspirations are photographs from my travels to Italy. I am intrigued by Italian architectural elements within Italian Renaissance paintings. I manipulate my photographs on the computer and include them in my final collages and paintings. I find the contrast between painting, collage, and transfer a successful way to contemporize the view of these antiquated structures.


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Date of Submission

March 2012