Term of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Art

Committee Chair

Jane Pleak

Committee Member 1

Marc Moulton

Committee Member 2

Bruce Little


This paper discusses the body of sculptural ceramic work developed for my thesis series, The Ties that Bind, which addresses the impact negative life experiences have on the human psyche. Some discussion focuses on various artists throughout history who have used their work as a vehicle for addressing similar issues, as well as the philosophical influences behind my work. The Ties that Bind was inspired by personal experiences and serves as a visual, metaphorical representation of the effects dysfunctional relationships can have on one's sense of Self.

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