Date of Award

Spring 4-14-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Rachel Lachowicz

Second Advisor

David Amico

Third Advisor

Iva Gueorguieva

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I find the relationship of pool structures and water fascinating. The architecture of pools is often hard edged and geometric while water is a fluid and formless, an organic substance that takes the shape of whatever contains it. I am drawn to that paradox. Rather than pulling them apart because of their conflicting existences, they create a space that’s cohesive but inexplicable, a space that’s both reciprocally intertwined and interdependent. My work is set up within the idea of creating a conflicting yet cohesive space. Visually, corporally and conceptually, it creates experiences that are disorienting.

My work serves as a reminder of the motion and float-ability that exists in water. I’m interested in objects entering the surface of the water, and the way they find themselves rising back to the surface according to their buoyancy. My work explores buoyancy outside of a literal body of water, connecting it to different aspects such as light, air or language. Within the space, the materials used for my work create layers of subtle conflict that make up an illogical space that’s difficult to literalize.

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