Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Ralph D. Slatton

Committee Members

Catherine A. Murray, Patricia Mink


This paper is the supporting document for the Master of Fine Arts exhibition, The Door in the Threshold, held in the Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University from March 15-19, 2010. The exhibition contains twelve pieces of artwork, mounted on the wall. The paper expands upon such themes as memory and family as explored by the work in the gallery. The title of both the paper and show reference the impact of my Armenian heritage on my creative process. Doors in Armenian folklore were sacred places containing the threshold to the spiritual. Thus, my pieces are meant to become doors to the threshold of my past. Also discussed in the paper are the influence of the quilt form and connections to the work of artists Arshile Gorky, Whitfield Lovell, and Karen Hampton.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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