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Master of Fine Arts



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Roy McKelvey

Second Advisor

Mary McLaughlin

Third Advisor

Yuki Hibben


Personal exposure to, and in-depth investigations of cultural artifacts can be used to inform visual explorations that represent the universal experience of existing in a world where cultural boundaries are blurred and constantly evolving. Cross-cultural understanding and visual language are expanded throughout the research and making processes, resulting in work that has increased resonance with diverse audiences. Artifacts are not only expressions of a specific group of people, but also reflections of societal influences on one’s thinking, creating, and experiencing the world. In an increasingly global society, there is more interaction between cultures, resulting in a greater exchange of beliefs and perspectives. Through this exchange, certain aspects of a culture are retained, while new approaches to form and material are also intro-duced. When culturally-specific methodologies and aesthetics are visually or conceptually layered, work is produced that communicates relevant, meaningful narratives about the intersection of cultures.


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