Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Emily Cornell du Houx

Second Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Third Advisor

Lane Myer


This Trash is Someone Else’s Problem reimagines object design practices through a decolonial lens that embraces responsive approaches to the local environment and the communities that steward it. It advocates for design justice and social equality. The physical work was developed from discarded scraps of industrial waste harvested from the Providence area, such as wire fencing, oil drums, rebar and steel tubing. It was created without the use of expensive tools, machinery and materials in favour of a less extractive approach to design. In conjunction with the studio work is a series of community gatherings focused on low-fi ceramic pit firing and salon style discussions. The event series was developed to share the core ideas of the thesis with the larger community and establish a deliberately informal learning environment centered in the principles of listening and gratitude.


View exhibition online: Lauren Goodman, This Trash is Someone Else's Problem



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