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Master of Fine Arts


Fine Arts

First Advisor

Andrèa Keys Connell

Second Advisor

Debbie Quick

Third Advisor

Jack Wax

Fourth Advisor

Heath Matysek-Snyder


Change is a constant reminder that permanence is the ultimate illusion. It is through the creation of hyper-realistic, ceramic sculpture that I explore the relationship between nature, humans, and the phenomenon of impermanence. I seek to expose the beauty that often results from decay while, at the same time, making my viewer question their own perception of the world around them. The juxtaposition of natural and man-made features in combination with the skewing of scale, proportion, and material, creates an altered perspective – forcing the viewer to look closer. By combining both human and natural elements within my work I highlight the fact that we are not separate from nature but are, in fact, part of it.


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