Date of Award

Spring 6-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Andrew Raftery

Second Advisor

Debra Balken

Third Advisor

Dean Snyder


My work is a conscious engagement with traditions of process art that emphasize making over outcome and the desire to create art that cannot be predetermined. The art objects are primarily a by-product of engagement with my material reality. This is hard to pin down and harder to talk about. Historian Kim Grant’s introduction to the circular and sometimes impenetrable creative process is a good summation of one of the essential problems of my art [school] experience: “The artist’s hard work often takes place without a clearly denied goal, thereby rendering the artist’s labors endless, and any results resistant to external evaluation.”** One kind of evaluation, however, comes out of ideas of endurance and how my body interacts with material. Have I repeated the individual mark to the point of muscle memory? Can my hand work by itself? If my hand isn’t making active decisions, will another internal logic reveal itself? The inverse is to manipulate the whole to ind the granular. Both are correct. Printmaking allows for this multidirectional.


View exhibition online: Alexis Hill, Prepositions

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