Date of Award

May 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Ann Clarke

Second Advisor

Juan Juarez

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


The purpose of this thesis is to describe my current body of work and the processes involved in its creation. The paper starts by detailing the troubling change that I have observed in our natural world due to the prevalence of man-made materials. It is then explained how my sculptural work, through the use of natural and synthetic materials, represents what nature has become due to excessive human intervention. Next, I reveal that in an attempt to limit my own wasteful practices, I exclusively use found materials. Further information is then provided about the collection of the items that comprise my work. After, the general processes that I utilize when in my studio are detailed. Next, an in-depth account of my decision making while creating one specific piece is provided. By focusing on a single sculpture, I shed light on my artistic practice as a whole, since my aims and motivations remain relatively consistent no matter what piece I am creating. A description of how I intend to display my body of work in a gallery setting follows. The thesis concludes by asking what will happen to our natural world if wasteful practices continue.


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