Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Andrew Raftery

Second Advisor

Dean Snyder

Third Advisor

Yizhak Elyashiv


This thesis is an attempt to understand the relationship of my art to nature and my sense of rootlessness. I have been imprinted by the places I have lived in yet disconnected from them as well. I am often situated on the 'other side' and as my perspective has learned to shift between the global and the local, between the outsider and insider gaze, I have come to describe this ability as being 'rootless'. I believe this condition is more common in America, the country of immigrants than anywhere else. Our memories are often re-told in the form of stories as an act of preservation, and a desire to be understood. I have only been able to experience a sense of belonging by being in nature and feeling a connection to its essence or symbolism, its visual characteristics, and natural materials. My work explores how nature is a testament to time and to our identities with their vulnerability and fluidity .

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