Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Ralph Slatton

Committee Members

John William Hilton, Andrew Scott Ross


Kindred, an MFA exhibition held at the Tipton Gallery located in downtown Johnson City from Feburary 22nd to March 4th. Kindred presents two bodies of work, which are a collection of drawings, etchings, monoprints, and lithographs, that center around a personal mythology and symbolism of self-identity and discovery. These works explore the physical and spiritual connection behind being a fraternal twin through the metaphorical use of animal imagery.

The ideas discussed in this paper center around the process of creating a personal mythology and symbolism through my observations of animals and how I relate that experience to other mythologies that inspire me. This process of creating narratives and iconography coincide with the writings of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. This paper also includes the inspiration of other artists, such as Beth Cavener and Dennis McNett, who also use animal imagery to explain a kind of kinship.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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