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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Craft/Material Studies

First Advisor

Blair Clemo

Second Advisor

Heath Matysek-Snyder

Third Advisor

Bohyun Yoon


“Truth happens only by establishing itself in the strife and the free space opened up by truth itself. Because truth is the opposition of clearing and concealing, there belongs to it what is here called establishing.[i]—Martin Heidegger

All things contain their own individual existence. When I look at objects I notice material, tradition, individual history. These are starting points for my imagination to seed and germinate. My ideas are fragmented, nonlinear and nonsensical to others but they hold honesty to me. Honesty is powerful and is worth sharing.

This document is an examination of my work during my graduate studies. I will explain the importance of my relationship with: the imagination, jokes, materials, traditions and process as these are constant variables of my art practice.

[i] Martin Heidegger, “The Origin of the Works of Art” in Tanke, Joseph J., and Colin McQuillan. The Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics. 394. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2012


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