Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Rachel Berwick

Second Advisor

Bruce Chao

Third Advisor

Rafael Attias


I started planning this book at the end of last year, because I had to write it for my thesis, and also because I saw this as an opportunity to create, like making artwork. But the difference is that this does not look like my usual art, being only a book comprised of words and images.

From the end of last year to the beginning of this year, I experienced a terrible spiritual disillusionment and was caught in a cycle of depression and anxiety. Even though I was prepared to write this book last fall, I only really started in February this year. On one hand I knew what I wanted to write, but on the other I didn't know where to start. What I wanted to write about was too broad, yet I did not know what logic to use to turn my thoughts into a cohesive book. My earliest writing was basically an autobiography. Following the advice of my teachers and friends, I continued to cut and edit what I had already written, going from hundreds of thousands of words to a few ten thousands, then taking that down to ten thousand, then starting all over again. The volume you are holding in your hand may not be what I had originally envisioned, but it is the best version that I have decided on.

I have divided this book into four sections - Fable, Poetry, Thinker, Art. In each section I introduce the history and growth of my thinking, my understanding of poetry, how my thinking has been nurtured, and my own development in art. I have titled this book Journey through the wasteland. This is my own feeling - every person will experience such a journey in their own wilderness, the lonely journey of life. In this book, I no longer simply talk about art, philosophy, poetry, and life. Because in my opinion these are all one and the same, that is, my own life journey, what I have experienced, what I am experiencing, and what I have yet to experience.

Included in

Glass Arts Commons



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.