Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Katy Schimert

Second Advisor

Anne West

Third Advisor

Simone Leigh


The decision to voluntarily establish a home contrary to the location in which I was born and raised (The Bahamas) motivates me to investigate the relationship between self and place. To further explore my own migration and the emotional complexities that surface, with a desire to fabricate terms of cultural integrity and its defining influence. To express poetically the kindred ideals that resonate from home and intertwine those values to cultivate moments of reflection and acceptance. To promote encounters between past, present and future by weaving the memories of my own background and experiences, consequently unveiling a rich culture composed from diverse views. To create artifacts rooted in history and nostalgia that embody my heritage, to invert my understanding of place by metaphorically re-imagining aspects of my identity within different contexts. To embrace the histories of textiles and ceramics as signifiers of culture that map the migrations of tradition and identity. Through the lens of colonialism, trade and economy highlight cultural mobility as it relates to me personally and others universally layering and presenting content with nuance and subtlety. This represents my visceral process of lightening the emotional weight of separation and accepting my trans-national identity—my own personal reconciliation.

Included in

Ceramic Arts Commons



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