Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Margie Hughto

Second Advisor

Jude Lewis


The purpose of this thesis is to chronicle the influences and origins of my work and how they ultimately led to the discovery of my current practice. While my childhood and high school experiences in China were the foundation for my art practice, my undergraduate and graduate school experiences in the United States are what allowed me to search, discover, and explore my roots. I begin the paper by describing who and what influenced me to pursue art as a calling. I then briefly refer to some of my undergraduate work for context. Next, I will address some of the work I made in my first year of graduate school during the height of the Covid pandemic, followed by how I developed my direction during my second year of graduate school. Lastly, I will describe my upcoming thesis exhibition event, which perfectly combines my love of cooking with my love of making art.


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