Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Mira S. Gerard

Committee Members

Anita DeAngelis, Ralph D. Slatton


The artist discusses the search for identity which underlies her Master of Fine Arts exhibition, Eulogy, hosted by the Carroll Reece Museum on the campus of East Tennessee Sate University, Johnson City, Tennessee, from March 8 to May 6, 2011. This exhibit contains works which explore the artist's relationship with the natural world, ornithology, philosophy, psychology, poetry, and related personal influences.

The artist's thesis work consists of paintings, drawings, and photographs. The artist references her own investigation of poetry, philosophy, psychology, and personal history which have shaped a private sense of awareness. Also reviewed are the influences of artists such as Alexander Marshall, William Morris, Charles Burchfield, Rosamond Purcell, and Kiki Smith; the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and writings of Loren Eiseley; the ideas of philosophers G. W. F. Hegel and Slavoj Žižek, and art historian James Elkins.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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Fine Arts Commons