• Building prayers: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

      Ward, Hannah (2018-05)
      ​I view my drawings as ceremonial narratives, told for the purpose of confronting mortality. I am interested in the visceral nature of religious phenomena in relation to the natural world and the act of creating. These drawings explore how the detailed construction of images serves as an invocation and brings comfort. Forest wildlife and the human body become vulnerable altars, processing intimacy and healing through discovery. These characters chronicle a haunting awareness, a space where physical boundaries blur. My works are extensions of the acts of ritual as we pursue the sacred; they are questions of devotion.
    • Fragmentary Oceans : MFA Thesis - Ceramics

      Horvat, Sabina (2014-05)
      I am interested in how the inscription of our observations and gestures within the landscape defines our connection with the environment. My inspiration comes from nature as it represents a reflection of our interventions. Because of its fluidity, water does not record our interventions the way land does; I am interested in exploring its various surfaces, tensions and fluidity through a material such as plastic clay and more liquid material such as casting slip in investigating ways of capturing this connection.
    • Program proposal: outdoor music therapy

      Goldberg, Daniel (2021-05)
      The program I am proposing involves taking music psychotherapy outdoors along a hiking trail. Musical experiences are widely believed to be vehicles for emotions and experiences. Hiking adventures can serve a similar purpose, as they are literal journeys with ups and downs, challenges, and rewards. These can be related to internal journeys with the same facets. These journeys afford the client and therapist time to talk, solve problems together, and experience silence together. The still and secluded environment that one can find deep in the woods can greatly enhance the musical experience and provide freedom and safety in self-expression. Alternatively, taking time to make music in the woods gives the client a chance to focus on the details of their environment, process the emotions and interactions that occur throughout the journey, and be present in the moment.
    • Singing For the Mute: MFA Thesis - Painting and Drawing

      Rony, Chantie (2016-05)
      The Silent Song, the body of works in my thesis exhibition, intends to praises the lyric quality of nature and also implies a duality – the melancholy and ephemerality hidden behind the seeming serenity or vitality of the natural world. Extreme beauty is silent. With the heart to listen to the mute melody from nature, I put my contemplation of life into my art, and enlightened by the philosophy of Daoism, I liberate painting material and integrate pictorial landscapes and painterly abstraction to explore my own version of landscape painting. The process of my painting mimics the landscape that is produced with the help of both - the contributions of human beings and the superlative craftsmanship of nature.
    • Spatial-kinetic Chrono-linear: MFA Thesis - Painting and Drawing

      Cordray, Gary (2016-05)
      Insight on how our own experience is subject to a myriad of instinctual cognitive underpinnings.When considering how we relate to animals, we are a step closer to the sanity of realizing our connection to nature as a process rather than a place.
    • The Tribe: Talismans, Amulets, and Objects of Remembrance: MFA Thesis - Metal

      Holman, Steven Gordon (2014-05)
      Motif-laden and anecdotal, my current works are a series of artifacts from The Tribe. The Tribe was born out of the West Desert and contemporary hunting culture, its shaman the rabbit and its oracle the magpie. Tapping into myths, Norse, Native American, and personal, my works are a reflection of childhood experiences and the rambling landscapes of western Utah. In the creation of these artifacts I grapple with notions of hunting, gathering, and storytelling, attempting to reconcile the misconceptions about what it is to be a hunter today. I attempt to form new material allegiances, each component a place marker coming together to complete the narrative. By combining natural, archaic materials with technologies of contemporary rural culture I present to a demographic that is often overlooked. I make adornment for The Tribe, about and for the contemporary hunter-gatherer.