Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Emily Cornell Du Houx

Third Advisor

Roseanne Sommerson


Immersed in the sun’s light, my body feels saturated, during a long day at the beach. When it begins to cool down and the day inverts into night, I watch the sun set on the ocean horizon. Bart Lootsma, the Dutch architectural theorist describes this experience of light as an immersion and inversion. Intangible, yet something to look at and something to submerge in.

This thesis is a personal journey, and an open exploration of the aesthetic and experience of furniture objects in everyday living. It is a collection of thought processes, observations, and speculations. Sometimes it’s just a note to myself.

The objects presented explore the thresholds between private and public space, and the reasons I cross them over and over again. It is a large and puffy chair, rooted in its place, pleading with my body to rest, recharge, even stay for a while. It is a bag, hat, and keys hanging on the wall, ready to travel with me to school. It is two seats at a cafe where I wait for a friend. It is a bright, warm light bringing me in and welcoming me home.


View exhibition online: Anna Dawson, Notes to Myself



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