• About my meditation: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

      Zheng, Xuewu (2020-05)
      I titled this body of my work Meditation. The works, include two series, contain both printmaking and installation. I have been working on both series for about 30 years. I examine both history and the present in a very personal way and I integrate both philosophy and religion into my work. Through my artistic practice, I bridge the language gap between the Eastern and Western cultures. I pay attention to the relationships between humans and nature, and how they are shaped by modern civilization. Meditation is both the content and the state of my life, and my primary means of instigating this research.
    • About my world: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

      Zheng, Xuewu (2022-05)
      My graduation creation is a series of drawings, the material used is charcoal pencil, I named the series of works "World". The epidemic that started in 2019 and quickly spread to the world has brought disaster to human beings. Since then, not only diseases, but also all aspects of human life have undergone tremendous changes. Everything we used to know has become unfamiliar. This is the background of my drawing works. I raise new questions about human existence and hope that people will rethink how to coexist between human beings and between human beings and nature.
    • Abstracture, The Abstraction Of Architecture And Space: MFA Thesis - Painting and Drawing

      Long, Brooke (2016-05)
      If a room or space can alter how we feel, if our feelings are affected by the color of the walls, the shape of a door, the design of the wallpaper, what will happen to us in places we experience or inhabit?
    • Actions and responses: MFA Thesis - Painting

      O'Hara, Colleen (2016-05)
      My process in the studio challenges notions of control versus chance. I work with fluid acrylic paint and inks applied to paper through pouring, throwing and dripping. I do this to maximize the spontaneity of the material and minimize my control. By manipulating the paint with squeegees, brooms, mops and other non-conventional mark making tools, I remove my preconceptions from the making of a mark. At this point, the information is created as the result of an event. This event is an external experience between the paint, the paper, and my body applying it, as well as the space we occupy. I am not proposing that I make paintings in which I am completely removed from decision making or control: rather I place myself in a dialogue with materials in real space and time, thus giving experience and movement the upper hand over my mind. Much of what I think about in regard to my practice parallels ideas of Phenomenology, the philosophy of experience. Specifically, I am interested in how my process relates to the concept of Aletheia, Martin Heidegger's ideas about thinking, and to Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s concept of active engagement in the world as a means of gathering information.
    • Adorned with rattles: meditations on indigenous sonorism, communal healing, and nature : MFA Thesis - Photography and Related Media

      Miranda-Rivadeneira, Koyoltzintli (2022-05)
      Grounded in Indigenous ontologies, Latinx anthropology and nepantla, I seek to understand the sonic and oral traditions that have populated the Americas for millennia as a way to repair, reclaim and reimagine temporalities of healing and to tell stories across time and space. I gaze at the night sky the way my ancestors did, to inquire about how to make sense of the world and ultimately connect with them and their stubborn capacity to survive within us. I re-construct pre-Columbian instruments that have been locked away in museums, reclaiming their sounds and sovereignty. Through this act, my body becomes a vessel for the most primal creative force. I perform so that we may reaffirm our connection to the earth. To adorn these instruments and to turn them into ceremonial objects, I use achiote, mango leaves, shells, tobacco string, and iridescent pigment that reminds me of the skies in the coast of Ecuador, the ancestral homelands of my ancestors who played these instruments. My work is the past and future conjugated in the present. By reclaiming we remember; by remembering we heal. I imagine how sounds and rituals can restore a subjective-geographic relation to living systems and engage with intersectional technologies that can dismantle imperialism and ecological degradation in order to tend to the earth and heal mutually.
    • AlterPieces: MFA Thesis - Metal

      Williams, Amy (2014-05)
      Focusing on the intertwining themes of fantasy, identity, and value, this thesis uses jewelry to explore the role of the alter ego. Participants were invited to share stories and descriptions of alternate identities arising from sources such as role-playing games, online forums, and historical reenactments; these narratives were used to make a series of thirteen portrait miniatures in the medium of painted vitreous enamel. The work was created as experimental pseudo-anthropology—artifacts for both person and persona—with the ultimate questions of validity and reality left to the viewer.
    • American macaroni: MFA Thesis - Ceramics  

      Rosenbach, Heather (2019-05)
      Working predominantly in ceramics, I seek to explore the concept of lowbrow art, verging on ugly, in conjunction with personal experiences growing up lower middle class-to-working class. Memories are exposited through narrative imagery and joke-telling. Political issues surrounding class vs. worth, fine art vs. lowbrow are discussed with satire and humor to deliver a personal message.
    • Asiaticoside : MFA Thesis - Painting and Drawing

      An, Junmo (2014-05)
      I am wandering around the things that intrigue me, the beginning of maturation, the remains of life—such as ashes and bones, the objects that link our lives with our deaths. I walk on, like a column of ants. I feel something draws me, but I do not know what and where it is. I just follow the crumbs of ideas; life, death, and love.
    • Becoming. transformations within the maternal exchange: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

      Jaehnert, Tina (2016-05)
      Entering into a parenting role awakens unexpected concerns, fears, joys, and anticipations. Instincts go into overdrive as life’s main purpose shifts from self-preservation to protection and nurturing our child or children. The life once mapped out, or even the life in mid pursuit of, becomes magnified and heavily interrogated within this shift. My installation joins different environments, objects and works to explore the roles taken on during the tender and transformative incubation period of infancy and toddler stages. The role of protection is the focus of this body of work, using symbolic representations that contain processes within the natural world.
    • Between / spaces: MFA Thesis - Metal

      Scherzer, Jamie M. (2020-05)
      Using metal as a drawing tool, my work expands the traditional vocabulary of mark-making. I strive to create aesthetic compositions with metal serving as both paintbrush and canvas, exploring and capturing the conversation I have with the material. With an ongoing dialogue with material and process, I create imagery in metal, then go on to use that metal as a tool for printmaking. Through my work, I respond to the properties of metal through repetitive acts such as melting, drilling, and hammering. I explore the balance between the contained systematic nature of form and its transition into more unprincipled outcomes. Working through this process allows for maximum discovery and also encourages unexpected outcomes. These inquiries result in a body of work made up of jewelry, object, and print. My research blurs the boundaries traditionally set between two- and three-dimension. Metal serves as my canvas. I see my metalwork as a surface to create abstract imagery and printmaking as a way to create sculpture in two-dimensions. By inking and printing experimental metal surfaces, I use objects as tools to transform and create new abstract imagery. These tactile works on paper further inform the context of the body of work. I know the print is final when it reveals a new understanding of the metal surface and the print feels palpable. Within this work, I create boundaries and restrictions throughout my process which allows me to develop new work with directional control while leaving room for the unexpected. Encouraging chance within a set of parameters, these restrictions paradoxically create infinite possibilities.
    • Beyond our ideal wonderland - curioser and curioser! : MFA Thesis - Printmaking

      Kweon, Se Ra (2016-05)
      Currently unsatisfying reality makes us want to imagine living in our daydreams. Daydreams may even be more than just wishful explorations; they may be pricelessly useful. They are our rehearsals for future actions (Singer 119). They suggest new and alternative ways of dealing with reality, thereby offering us a chance to decide on a more effective approach to life.
    • Beyond the mind’s eye: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

      Ozola, Karmena (2021-05)
      The elements of nature, colour and light in my work are joined in colourful, small to large scale (depending on the medium and technique) abstract prints, paintings, handmade paper sheets, handmade paper lamps, digital photographs and artist’s books. To make the work, I use Western, Asian and handmade paper, canvas, acrylic ink and oil paints, natural found objects as well as thread. The techniques employed include mainly monotype and screen-printing methods, papermaking, three-dimensional object construction and hand stitching. In order for the viewer to find a connection or a moment beyond the material world when looking at my work there is one more missing element – openness or, in other words, the right kind of perception. Therefore, my research includes a look at altered states of consciousness and how those are achieved, belief systems, places where people experience altered reality, hypnosis and individual practices such as meditation and prayers.
    • Birds, buttons, brontosauruses, and belugas: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

      Hunt, Elizabeth (2022-05)
      I collect things that drive my curiosity; a small selection of those items inspired this body of work. Handmade and repurposed materials merge with printmaking and transform into books that invite the viewer to consider the possibility that flea market finds and lost buttons can hold a bit of joy and wonder. My curios gain new life as soft floral dinosaurs dealing with bullying, an industrious bird building a fashion empire, a desire to hoard things that might be useful, and a somewhat conflicting eBay listing.
    • Bloom: MFA Thesis - Ceramics

      Wells, Avery (2022-05)
      I create expressive, colorful vessels and botanical sculptures that complicate the relationship between surface and form. Beginning with historic wallpaper patterns that evoke feminine domestic spaces, I repetitively rework motifs from these sources into illustrations and ceramic objects. I imagine these patterns being squeezed out into space through my hands, peeling themselves off the walls they originated from and taking three-dimensional form. As my work confronts the viewer in the round, I imagine it taking on a life of its own, developing a personality and vibrant agency. I feel that I am able to collaborate with my sculptures, seeking an escape from the historic standards that have been applied to women and their creative work. However, I am also seeking the joy and comfort that can be found by embracing the decorative and elements of my own femininity.
    • Blue and white in oil: MFA Thesis - Ceramics

      Wang, Yage (2021-08)
      Depictions of ceramic objects in European and American oil paintings are appropriated onto porcelain forms that look like stretched canvases. I explore the relationship between east and west through re-interpretation of western artifacts based on my own projection without permission. Collectively, they are an obnoxious attempt to insert my identity into a history that had already identified and fetishized “me”. My identity retold in sculptural forms are grand, inflated, boastful, and full of insecurity.
    • The body in question: MFA Thesis- Sculpture

      Gounaris, Eleni (2016-05)
      Disillusion only begins to scrape the surface of the ways in which we regard our relationships with others of a sentient nature. Our values of life are blatantly torn from their inherent jouissance by a repulsive irreverence. By isolating ourselves, we disregard those around us and lose focus. Our human and non­human connections, as well as the value of life of other species, passionately inform my work. I encourage others to consider the source of our commodities. They derive from the experiences of other beings who we may not even know are behind the curtain. I depict ambiguous representations of life through sculpture, sound, video, and mixed media. The primary challenges that inspire me are how we accentuate the irrefragable prevalence of speciesism, and help people empathize with others in order to contribute to a more compassionate society. By stripping away layers of meticulous thought, I arrive at conclusions one can only encounter through a moment of intermission. I am not afraid of suffering; it is an issue that encompasses all forms of life. The suffering for which I choose to speak is that of non­human animals, because their duress does not always communicate in a discernable, or human, dialect.
    • 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.
    • Calabash series: MFA Thesis - Metal

      Qu, Mengnan (2015-05)
      In recent decades, the structure of the Chinese family has been transformed by the government’s One Child Policy. Urbanization and industrialization have further complicated the social shifts that have resulted in rapid and unbalanced transformation. I use the traditional Chinese form of the calabash as a canvas to explore and record stories that illustrate these social shifts. These stories demonstrate the impact of this policy and its transformation of China. These calabash objects suggest that everyday life can be surreal, ridiculous, and absurd. This paper supports my Calabash work series, providing important cultural context, material and technical information, academic statistics, and media reports of the stories told.
    • Callous Mind: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

      Lane, Christopher (2017-05)
      Post-traumatic stress disorder is a life altering condition that impacts millions. It changes the way we think, see, feel, act and live our lives. Witnessing those suffering from this mental disease that often goes untreated due to poor acceptance, misdiagnosis, and lack of awareness brought me to create these series of monotypes. This selection of five monotypes captures moments within the lives of those who are and have suffered the wrath of this debilitating illness.
    • Captain's proLOGue : MFA Thesis - Painting and Drawing

      Weaver, Jana K (2014-05)
      By developing a greater awareness of the subtle changes outside and inside of myself, can I come to better understand my interdependence with all humans, flora and fauna? Developing a practice that incorporates these subjects, I hope to establish a greater reverence for how my existence has come and continues to be, as well as a deeper understanding on how my own personal agency functions. In this, I expect to become a more responsible caretaker of myself and all that surrounds me. Ultimately, my goal is to provoke greater curiosity and reverence surrounding the workings of our inner and outer world so that we, and consequently our world, will continue to flourish.