Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Graphic Design

First Advisor

Paul Soulellis

Second Advisor

Lucinda Hitchcock

Third Advisor

Rafael Attias


Methods of hierarchy are often represented in graphic forms. They shape our world into subjective places/spaces of belonging or oppression. The need for order is a human condition. There is constant tension between the utility of ordered systems against the manipulative and ultimately subjective manner in which they are created. Where there is a system, there is a story. The narrative the hierarchy tells is just as crucial to me as the mechanics.

I position myself within various hierarchal systems as a way to understand the logistics of their becoming, but also, to manipulate (or justify) my cultural and ethnic status in relation to them. My work often deals with multiples of a system—copying, transferring, and detaching the pieces into abstract, void, or reconfigured images. This self-reflexive method of undoing order—of viewing the neatly bound as a whole or into the smallest fractions, takes my subjectivity (and relationship to narrative) and reinterprets methods of hierarchy that are historically viewed as objective. This book demonstrates my disruption, compliance, and/or fabrication of order in pursuit of creating a cosmos of my own making.



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