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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Painting and Printmaking

First Advisor

Cara Benedetto

Second Advisor

Noah Simblist

Third Advisor

Holly Morrison

Fourth Advisor

Nontsikelelo Mutiti


Drowning in our Tears is a series of works – installation, print media, and sculpture that explores themes of precarity, ephemerality, collective memory, and vulnerability. The need to create and preserve an archive has been the of the driving forces behind the works. I am interested in this notion of creating new language and perspectives from past trauma and hardships. The archive presents us with a site where excavation of meaning can occur, identities preserved, and new identities formed. In my work, I try to bridge the gaps, using the fragments of memory, the past and present experiences to create new perspectives and alternative futures where disenfranchised Black people have transcended systematic inequality.


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