Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Catherine A. Murray

Committee Members

Donald R. Davis, Travis H. Graves


Within this supporting paper, the artist discusses Generative Response, her Master of Fine Arts exhibition. This paper is a narrative of the artist's development, philosophies, and methodologies. Further, it illustrates how her work and development have been affected by studies in humanity, social activism, human responsibility, and environmental consciousness.

Generative Response communicated the artist's ideology of process as metaphor for living life, involving the viewer in an "unfinished dialogue" wherein works of art undergo processes translating their role as part of a generative cycle. Generative Response was composed of seven sculptural components called "stations" depicting the processes of growth, habitation, consumption, erosion, and filtration. Each station operated as a micro-ecology that embodied these processes by using water literally and/or metaphorically as an agent of change.

Materials included water from a local creek, found objects, glass, ceramics, copper, live organisms, and unique clay water filters.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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