Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2014

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

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First Advisor

Steve McGuire


The work I create attempts to explore the vast precipice between adolescence and adulthood. Our whole lives we are essentially labeled one or the other yet we are often striving to be the one we are not. Childhood is fleeting, gone the moment we realize how truly special it is. Adulthood is elusive, ever looming yet continually out of reach.

I choose to work with materials and imagery that is commonly known to us as children and attempt to make it a more "grown-up" version of itself. This allows for several layers of meaning. It can be a simple reminder of days past and an encouragement to not take ourselves too seriously. It is also an attempt to find the fine line between children acting like adults and adults being children. Often we dress ourselves up and pretend to be something we're not. Maybe we're fooling everyone. Maybe we're only fooling ourselves.


jewelry, metal


v, 13 pages


Includes bibliographical references (page 13).


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