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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Drawing, Painting, Art History, Art Education
My thesis is about the metaphor of erosion of mind and matter and reconstructing my own memory using influences of environment, athletics, atmosphere, and art. Drawing from these important sources conjures something unknown. Deterioration of surfaces in the desert parallels my faded memories. Erosion gradually decays matter and the mind; it decays material surfaces facing the environment of the desert and mentally deteriorates details of the past. The mind recorded the past to remember but certain memories and details have faded away in time, and from here I compensate by using imagination.