Date of Award

Spring 6-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Andrew Raftery

Second Advisor

Cornelia McSheehy

Third Advisor

Lesley Baker


Perhaps the most radical thing to do is to embrace the tension, being between the heavens and earth. Maybe regardless of identity, sometimes the earth is not enough but there are moments I’ve experienced where the distance between heaven and earth blurs. These are instants where my troubles do melt like lemon drop: the smell of freshly cut hay in a field nearby, seeing a baby goat’s tail wiggle while he nurses his mother, or making love behind the barn. These are moments on earth when something else comes into focus.


View exhibition online: Edward Steffanni, sometimes like butterflies

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