Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Fine Arts


Fine Arts

Major Professor

Jeffery Rinehart

Second Advisor

Anthony Campbell

Third Advisor

Kathy Rodriguez


I am an amalgamation: Printmaker, ceramic sculptor, and toy maker.

I usually only make things with intent. I hardly ever throw anything away or destroy my art. I like the idea of archiving my work as possible artifacts for future generations. Prehistory, archaeology, mass production, and the consumers are my inspiration. Art is all an act of creation. I use various rituals and practices to create. The constant thoughts on alchemy and the personifications of the objects are driving influences. Through sculpting I create a new object in this reality. This object can be personified by simple alterations to the source material, through words, biological features, or accouterments. This has been a common theme throughout art history as a way to make fetish objects, decorations, or toys. The following is an explanation of my method to embrace this tradition and ritual in a long history of art.


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