Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Fine Arts - Painting

First Advisor

Richard Roth

Second Advisor

Richard Roth


The following is an exploration of ideas and themes related to my studio work, past and present, concrete and aspirational. I approach painting as an experience of pleasure and as a mode of resistance and critique. I will discuss how my work is aligned with many of the themes found in the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s. I will also identify alliances that my work has with DIY, networks, and the contemporary art scene as discussed in Lane Relyea’s "Your Everyday Art World". I describe my mode of working in the context of "workable resistance," which Jan Verwoert defines in his essay, "Exhaustion and Exuberance: Ways to Defy the Pressure to Perform" (Verwoert, 19). And lastly, I detail how my recent work embodies the concept of the singular multitude as outlined in "Being Singular Plural" by Jean-Luc Nancy.


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Date of Submission

May 2014

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