Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Kevin Zucker

Second Advisor

Angela Dufresne

Third Advisor

Jackie Gendel


At the core of my practice lies my fascination with my body; how I exist in relation to others and my surroundings, how much space I take up, how close I am to others, how much distance exists between us. I am interested in intimacy and bodily contact, which I explore through objects that bridge the gap between human embodiment and otherness. My works, made out of paper pulp, simultaneously stimulate a hyperawareness of one’s own body and a dissolution of the self. Their human scale immediately places them in relation to the viewer and creates space for empathy. As amorphous growths and biomorphic bodies, they adapt to their environment while existing in a constant state of controlled chaos. In this thesis, I will provide autobiographical information that points to the origins of my interests, and a view into the processes, methods, symbols, and materials that comprise my project.


View exhibition online: Orli Swergold, In the Muck and the Mire

Included in

Painting Commons



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