Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Mira S. Gerard

Committee Members

Catherine A. Murray, Anita DeAngelis


The artist discusses her Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, Thou Art That, held in Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, from November 3-7, 2008. The exhibit consists of self-portraits in oil on stretched canvas painted between May and October 2008.

Ideas explored include the creative power of limitation, metaphor, divinity, relationship, human development, life experience, and the bond between mother and child. Influences discussed include the written works and ideas of Joseph Campbell and Joseph Chilton Pearce, as well as the ideas of artist Judy Chicago, art critic Suzi Gablik, and the artwork of Gerhard Richter.

Included is a complete catalogue of the paintings from Thou Art That.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


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