Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

First Advisor

Piero Fenci

Second Advisor

Christopher Talbot

Third Advisor

Dr. David Lewis

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Sudeshna Roy


While examining some of the dark, chaotic, destructive issues that exist on a global level, I see an opposite movement actively emerging as a means to counteract, mend, and create new patterns of non-violent communication. This change is an opening to new beginnings. Opening expresses this concept through iconography, the use of symbols, which opens an internal and external dialog with the viewer, through incorporating text, and through portraits of contemporary leaders who are devoted to peace-building work. Members of the community have also expressed this desire to open themselves up to these possibilities, through their written intentions and dreams, which are continuously woven into the work. This exhibition mostly consists of installation works, sculpted from clay; but it also includes mixed media additions, such as paper, fiber, charcoal, relief prints, earth and stones.

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