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Master of Fine Arts


Dean's Office Qatar

First Advisor

Giovanni Inella

Second Advisor

Rab McClure

Third Advisor

Patty Paine


Raised outside of their “passport” countries, Third Culture Individuals (TCIs) often experience a lack of rootedness and belonging, and home is often everywhere and nowhere. Childhood food memories can provide the sense of connection and identity TCIs crave. Four Qatar-raised TCIs, from very different backgrounds share memories of their childhood comfort foods, now hybridized dishes, that reflect their unique third culture experiences. Each dish, in turn, inspired the creation of a bespoke set of cooking /dining ware designed to trigger a specific sensory memory: the sight, smell, touch, or sound associated with the original comfort dish. This specialized cooking/dining ware honors the unique experiences of TCIs, while (re-)creating a central identity for them and reconnecting them with cherished food memories so they can feel at home wherever they are.


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