Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Painting and Printmaking

First Advisor

David Freed


Art is more than just a bridge to (or a reflection of) the natural world; it is a natural force in itself. The author is a strong advocate of "artist's prints," prints which are conceived and printed by the artist. She believes that there is a natural sequence of actions and thoughts which cannot be approximated by the substitution of an artist/printer collaboration unless the artist is truly involved with the printer or assistant in every step of the decision-making and mark-making processes.

The prints of this series are not about realistic pictorial space; they are about interior space--that of the mind and the heart. The artist is interested in creating variations on a matrix, making one-of-a-kind prints or altered prints, even impure prints. Sometimes this work is investigative, instructive, meditative, or celebratory. This work is not printmaking in accord with the common notion of prints as exact replications of a picture from another medium for the sake of general availability. Nor is it printmaking in accord with the atelier concept of an artist-created print matrix editioned with the aid of professional print craftsmen.

On the contrary, the artist approaches printmaking as a form of experimentation and ritual, seeing the cosmic in the microcosmic. She says, "I strive to create unique prints which cannot reasonably be duplicated in other media by other people--or even at another time by me. I try to give meaning and definition to inchoate perceptions using art as visual metaphor."


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To the Kiva

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Where Do I Come From?

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Primordial Breeze

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Rose Crown

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Child's Play

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Tantra Card I

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Tantra Card II

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Tantra Card III

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Tantra Card Installation

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Prieres de papier

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Birth Day 1

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Birth Day II

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Draped Overlay (Sentinel I)

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Photosensitive. (Sentinel II)

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Mutant Message. (Sentinel III)

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Simultaneous Pause

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Meridian/Diurnal: A Waist-High Stack of Prints

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