Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Susan Rankaitis

Reader 2

Adam Davis

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My work began with an exploration of paralysis. Before starting this project, the subject of immobility was already a source of aversion and discomfort to me. At one point in my life I discovered that it was possible for one’s body to ossify and become completely immobile. This disease is called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, it is extremely rare, but still caused me many nightmares as a child. Because being trapped, petrified, or immobile had become a source of distress and obsession during my life, and a few prior projects had explored this concept, I decided to further investigate the topic.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.