Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Jewelry and Metalsmithing

First Advisor

Seth Papac

Second Advisor

Peter S. Dean

Third Advisor

Brian Bergeron


In my art practice, I explore the interplay between human desires to manipulate and anthropomorphize nature, as seen in the technological augmentation of plants and living entities. This investigation delves into how this intersection, alongside empathy towards these creations, contributes to fears of uncontrollability and the risks of addiction and excessive dependence on technology.

Bioengineering and genetic modification have cultivated unprecedented developments, allowing humans to manipulate the fundamental building blocks of life. My research speculates on this technology further, modifying the genetic code of organisms and creating bioengineered wearable entities with enhanced traits or entirely new functionalities. The primary objective of my research is to explore the ethical implications arising from the integration of technology with nature. While exploring the potential utilization of nature’s healing capacity and imagining alteration of the evolution of living organisms, I investigate the consequences of continued technological progress and its effect on our connection to the natural world. The work is meant to heighten awareness about the imperative ethical considerations required when navigating the intricate interplay between artificial intelligence and bioengineering within the evolving landscape of human existence.



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