Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Ralph Slatton

Committee Members

Andrew Scott Ross, Travis Graves


This thesis paper supports the Artist’s Master of Fine Arts exhibition held at the Tipton Gallery, located in downtown Johnson City TN from November 30, 2015 through January 22, 2016. The works Included in the exhibition consists of a series of mixed media collage paintings, a large scale etching combined with clay and a site specific installation.

The Exhibit features work that delves into the concept of nature as a subject of beauty, as well as a symbol of the resiliency of life. The work in this exhibit exposes the separation that exists between humanity and the natural world. Through an exploration of memory the importance of a connection between human beings and nature is revealed. The following further expands upon on the ideas, influences, techniques, and concepts that led to the formation of this exhibit.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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