Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Graphic Design

First Advisor

Douglass Scott

Second Advisor

Pouya Ahmadi

Third Advisor

Keira Alexandra


Land is the premise upon which all questions of identity, belonging, and consciousness are set.

Our relationship to land is simple and complex. On one hand, in our daily experience there is no daylight between body and land. On the other hand, our relationship to land is intensely mediated through design in the form of tools, ritual, technology, tradition, and law. Language and design are primary mediums through which land is transformed into a material resource and commodity.

Understanding how designed systems craft our understanding of land can help us recognize their limits — and open our eyes to the other worlds all around us.



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