Thesis Development


This page has been developed to aid in the development of my MFA Thesis exhibition on November 4th, 2019.

Chief concerns are specified in the two main sections: Objects and Images.

Attached below is a working draft of the thesis and notes on key issues addressed.

Key Issues to be addressed in thesis:

  • Imagined Nature as a guide for inner wonder. Reference founders of Abstract Art’s use of Theosophy, early scientific processes, and automatism. Exploring romantic approaches to the Information Age.

    • Spirituality & Ancestry: Theosophy’s continuing influence in Abstract Art today

    • Telematic Art: craft traditions in a new media environment

    • Nature: Seeking symbols and spaces to encounter wonder.

    • Embracing hybridity in sculpture and image making through installation.

OBJECTS: Primary Concerns


Assembled Sculptures

Free-standing sculptures will be developed from two previous designs. The “Figment Design“ and the Lithic Burst / ”Sprite” design. These ideas were developed on previous projects and the example images below are process and exhibition photos.

( Lower left: Inner Landscape, ATC exhibition, April 2018 / lower right: Flight Between, Root Division installation November 2018)

“Figment” Design

Lithic Burst / “Sprite” Design

Drawing of imagined cell wall, digitally rendered. Grew into two different iterations (the projected cast glass and the clustered paper mobile).

Images: Selection and Presentation

Which images do I use in the exhibition? Do I show multiple collections? A single collection? Selections from multiple collections?They all feels so important, but in different ways.

Should I create a catalogue for each collection? Print, Virtual, or Projection? A printed catalogue would have to be large. Would I include writing or sound?

Do I print or project? I think I would prefer to print, but then how do I display? How do I convey meaning to the viewer without overwhelming them? How will they work with the other objects in the room?

Illuminations: Enamel on Glass

Scanned Images of microscope slides that were layered and enameled.

Each slide is photographed in Large Format and scaled to: 300 dpi / width 36in x height 77in


Batch A:

Batch A Diptychs:

Batch b:


Illuminations: Acrylic on Glass

Photographs of slide paintings being projected onto screen. Slide paintings were created with acrylic inks and recycled glass projection slides.

Each slide is photographed in Large Format and scaled to: 300 dpi / width 36in x height 53in


Words: inclusion?

Poems On Making

As part of an exchange program, I studied in Dublin, Ireland during the Spring and Summer of 2019. My course work included developing poems about my creative process. I hope to include them in the catalogue of my thesis work ( à la contemporary artist Laure Prouvost).


On New Sculpture

I choose to believe that a thing

can be dissected, morphed


And Yet,

a world without

end points is a voyage

into an augmented chaos.

On Painting Slides

High flow acrylics reach out

across recycled glass.

Smashed and pulled until

they are rivers

of pigment.




I blow through 

cupids-bow lips

and affix their stain.

A snap of the slide's frame —

a new body between planes.

On Ancestry as a Genetic Identity. 

Who I am is who they were, inversely

beyond ashes and gravestone reliefs —

Bound together in the vast microcosms

of reviewed genetic material.

I hold them in the intangible field

of our intertwined predispositions.

Who we are would be so much easier to understand

if those connections were as clear as the double helix.

If emotions and memory could be documented

as clearly as the Hubble captures distant galaxies.

I will search for golden rules between us, 

spirals and fractals in the fading light

And read my own palms until I discern

where they could have gone and where I could be.

On Ireland

Wisdom from a poet-prophet 

called out to me on the train

at the edge of the west.

I followed his voice

to an island,


for an entrance

into the unknown.

But there was none.

Only grass

and sea

the alone.

Yet there I saw

mystery within

my own yearning.

A gateway

into my own 

abundant senses

which no mystic preacher

could certify as their truth.

An expansive west, still calling.

On the Microbial

Oh light divine, 

what helios could not bring to

and lightning could not make.

Behind a lens

a microbial odyssey —

laws of gods thus revealed —

Once more exposed

our beauty conjoining within

geometry reaching.

On Lars von Trier’s Melancholia: The Diamond

I stepped into a diamond

named Melancholia

and saw the fractured prisms 

that make a human soul.

Upon this new aurora

refracted yet silent 

a yearning pinched my throat

blooming into a hope. 

On Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi, 

Leonard from Berkley says,

is about the humble and raw —

the minimal and penniless beauty

that was constructed in hardship.

Broken as exquisite —

ready for me.