Date of Award

Spring 4-11-2017

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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Rachel Lachowicz

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This exhibition is about Chinese burial sites and the practices that accompany the loss of a loved one. The Chinese have a practice where they build large earthen mounds as burial sites; they then visit the sites of their ancestors once a year. I have made my own burial site out of beeswax-dipped paper, which I have then stitched together, like a quilt, to form a hollow version of this mound. In traditional Western home economics quilt making is important; in my installation I use the stitch work to represent a home. In this installation my aim is for the viewer to be able to place themselves inside the burial site, walk around it, and to think about death. I believe all events become easier by confronting them. It is my hope that in confronting this installation death becomes slightly easier, because death is tough, especially for the living.

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