Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Tyler Inman


Where I started two years ago is a very different place from where I am today. At the outset of my time at RISD I knew very little about what it meant to be a designer. I lacked confidence, yet still entered this program with strict ideas about the nature and outcome of my work.

Over the course of four traditional semesters and two winter sessions, I gradually moved away from my original, self-imposed fears and constraints. Not coincidentally, my work expanded into areas I had not conceived of previously. It has been an illuminating journey, and while I am presently still far from finding any answers, I feel confident that I am able to at least begin to ask the right questions.

This thesis is an account of my time at RISD. It is a documentation of my growth through my work, as well as a demonstration that I now have the skills required to properly phrase a question, and through a structured process create a context for learning and discovery.



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