The thesis work explores the impact of an abusive environment and in what ways that abuse influences and directs an individual's state of mind. My creative exploration comes from my intimate, personal childhood memories and experiences. Working through the influences that the cycle of trauma creates, led me to the use of a variety of materials to focus in a singular voice in this body of work. I developed a symbolic and emotive visual vocabulary that speaks about how I have been shaped both spiritually and emotionally, through my exposure and my journey of self-healing. I will discuss in this thesis how important it was for me to use both the shape of the work, and the medium underscored by the intimacy of mark-making to create a narrative that illustrated my personal and ongoing trek to overcome the obstacles beyond my control and to use those events as inspiration for not only my work but who I am today.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Abstract art--Themes, motives; Mixed media (Art); Child abuse--Pictorial works

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Fine Arts Studio (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Eileen Bushnell

Advisor/Committee Member

Clifford Wun

Advisor/Committee Member

Denton Crawford


RIT – Main Campus

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