Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Christopher Specce

Second Advisor

Emily Cornell Du Houx


Walking up those stairs is always a treat. The tacit knowledge that you are moving towards a hidden gem: a space most don’t know to find. Salt water, wood smoke, and roasted coffee perfume the air. But the best part of all is the intention. This is not a space to go to out of necessity or convenience. This is a space for slow sips and long reprieves.

This thesis explores many themes, but at the heart is the idea of The Approach: how we come to an object is just as important as the actual moment when we meet the object. The Approach pulls the outside world in, building opportunities for solace. Woven into the core of this research is the theme of tension in harmony: contrast that creates a sum greater than its parts. I seek to better understand how to harness balance in opposition. I search for moments on the stairs, when the promise of warmth beckons from just around the corner.



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