Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

Committee Chair(s)

Ryoichi Suzuki


Ryoichi Suzuki


Kathy Puzey


My sculptural work has a direct relationship to the rich tradition which utilizes human form as its primary means of communication and visual exploration. This tradition employs body language and gesture to convey emotion and ideas. Even my abstract work begins as an idea from a figurative gesture. Rather than executing a naturalistic body, I simplify and stylize the figures, focusing on the concept and aesthetics of the piece.

To do so, I emphasize certain formal elements in the design: concave and convex planes juxtapose to intensify light and shadow.Shapes are made by a continuity of line to create a sense of movement. Smooth and rough textures bring energy and contrast to the surface. I employ these visual elements to develop a spiritual and universal context rather than utilizing a corporeal rendering of the subject as has been done in the past.

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