Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Megan Callahan

Second Advisor

Maya Krinsky

Third Advisor

Simon Hass


Over time, our connection with materials has changed. Centuries ago, artists interacted with just one material for years, gradually integrating the knowledge of its different properties into their existing expertise. They were learning processes which were acquired through the sum of different personal experiences and the reciprocal action between artist and material. Now, times run fast; we are exposed to a wide range of materials, and knowledge is indirect. We learn through books or by copying established industry processes, replacing our practical experiences. New potentialities of material are not sought frequently, and we end up validating only what has already been discovered.

Through this thesis I investigate materials using unconventional means. Across two exercises with 30 different materials (leather, resins, clay, mycelium, wax, etc..) I emphasizes the relevance of process as a mechanism to trigger new content and create new material connections that were previously unknown. At the same time, I delve into the relationship between the creative and production processes with the studio business model. This relationship (creation - production - sale) is addressed as an integral part of the narrative and spirit of an object.

This thesis exposes the creative process as the center of the work of art and design. Deep research, disorganized ritual and spontaneous performance lead to new potential projects.



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