Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Studio Arts


Sam Van Aken


Torn between our instinctual will to live and our conscious knowing of life’s inevitable end, our mortality creates an existential tear in our being. This fissure is the birthplace of a meaningful existence. Throughout my artwork I express the rhythmic cadences of the human body and wrestle with the transient nature of being through the utility of sculpture and performance. The artwork does not provide any measurable outcome, only a deepening of feeling for what it means to be alive.


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