Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Sara Clark


The evidence of nature’s power of reclamation is something that is both symbolically and aesthetically captivating to me. I am intrigued when I see the visual effects of deterioration on manufactured items and the natural environment. From that deterioration, I have adopted a unique aesthetic through which I explore both manmade and natural remnants of the industrial age. My ceramic forms resemble antiquated machine parts and represent relics of the industrial machine. Photographically, I capture the simple beauty found in landscapes altered by man. My representation of the imagery is austere, the muted color stains and textured surfaces are symbolic representations of their deterioration. I work with a variety of hand building techniques to create my sculptures. After firing, I treat the surfaces with oxides and patinas to give the final artworks a deteriorated exterior appearance. I use a similar aesthetic when altering my photographic images. Through digital processing, I build a varied surface of textures and stains to give each image an archaic appearance.


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Date of Submission

April 2012