Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Douglas Borkman

Third Advisor

Gong Tang & Jianyun Wu


Selection of furniture is a very personal thing. Its scale and social attributes also determine that it is rarely sent as a gift. So, it seems to me, that furniture belongs to the category of personal goods, which is a concept worth pondering. What kind of relationship do these mere worldly possessions, these so called "mine" things, whether these are vehicles, houses, furniture, clothes or accessories, have with us? When we say the word "mine", it is a self-definition with confident possessiveness and the free extension of this definition in choice? Or is it a instinctive behavior that you need to put yourself in a category or group as soon as you feel insecure? Haizi, a Chinese poet, said, "I want to be a loyal son of the distance, and a transientlover of materiality." We will all die, so we are all transient lovers of matter



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