Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2013

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

John Dilg

First Committee Member

Susan White

Second Committee Member

Sue Hettmansperger

Third Committee Member

Anita Jung


Over the course of my time here at Iowa, my work has taken a turn I never anticipated. I will reflect on the reasons for my transition from looking out the window to looking in. Although the work has shifted drastically, my motivations to create have remained the same. I owe the limited understanding I have of these motivations to the reading I engage in alongside my creating. If I had to identify the most seminal books of my time in graduate school, I would single out A Place of My Own, by Michael Pollan and Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino. I will discuss how these and other texts have influenced my work, while accounting for the shifts I have made over the past three years.




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Copyright 2013 Mary Frances Patricia Coats

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