Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Rachel Lachowicz

Second Advisor

Carmine Iannaccone

Third Advisor

Iva Gueorguieva

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Dolls inspire me because of the mysterious place they occupy in human affection, conveying playfulness but at the same time expressing the vulnerability of being alive. They don’t need a verbal language, for they have a strong gaze that looks back. I see them as a substitute for humans. As subjects for paintings, they are a cross between a figure and a still life. They don’t move when I paint them. I paint these dolls as realistically and as honestly as I can because I want to be true to the individual doll. I paint what I observe.

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