Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Travis Graves

Committee Members

Lindsay Rogers, Michael Anthony Fowler


An Unbearable Illumination of Truth is a series of sculptures created to explore the connection between trauma and healing. The sculptural exhibition addresses economic, occupational, childhood, sexual, and gender-based trauma. These sculptures incorporate familiar motifs and visual metaphors to express narratives of varying types of traumas. A broad range of sculptural materials (such as wood, fabric, and found objects) and methods are used to create these symbolic, objective forms. The juxtaposition of shelters with other forms and materials visually enacts the themes of vulnerability and intrigue that characterizes traumatic incidents. Shelters are referenced throughout this entire body of work as an allegory for identity. Ultimately, this work is intended to induce empathy and raise awareness of important, underlying social issues that revolve around trauma. This message is especially important today due to a dramatic increase of trauma related issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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