Date of Award

Summer 7-1-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Blake, Marty

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Much of my time in graduate school was spent pondering the very basic question, "what is art?" My experience was that certain distinctions separate the Illustration and Fine Art disciplines. This is something I have wrestled with. One common component between the disciplines, however, is the aspiration to communicate ideas and feelings. It is not so much the medium or mode of expression that is important as is the content. To this end, mortality is the one universally relatable truth all human beings share. The opposing ways in which different cultures have understood, accepted, and expressed this is something which greatly interests me. Part of what I am presenting in this text is an account of my work as a visual artist as it relates to spiritual reality, religious belief, and faith. These things, in varying degrees, have always been inextricably related to my work.


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