Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Anais Missakian

Second Advisor

Brooks Hagan

Third Advisor

Dennis Congdon


Living in a “time lapse” is what I could say about my experience of belonging to a place like the United Arab Emirates. The compression of time and expansion of space is intensely surreal. This idea leads my process to a series of investigations about the geological and cultural tectonics of the space, where I explore the conflicts between natural landscape and architecture. The urban surroundings are precarious: even monumental and unrelenting structures can change in a matter of days. This urban phenomena is commonly known as “mega structures” where nothing is impossible to build; buildings can be finished in double compressed time. This non-traditional spatial spectacle inspires my visual observation and guides me to express a contemporary poetic state of mind. In my thesis I question the visual analogy between the transfiguration of space and the optical notion of the after image, through what lingers from my personal memories, and how fast, ephemeral, and irreversible this experience is. Through my art practice I try to convey those ideas by experimenting with light and moving images as well as constructing structures and creating dimensions for surfaces.



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