Term of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

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

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Thesis (open access)

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Department of Art

Committee Chair

Jason Hoelscher

Committee Member 1

Santanu Majumdar

Committee Member 2

Jeff Garland


Music has long been an important medium for fulfilling and expressing emotional needs. In fact, music can become a powerful tool to create emotional responses in humans, such as happiness, sadness, awareness, as we see in recent decades in cinema, social media and advertisement. Today, a combination of different media is used to arouse our emotion and feeling, but often music has been used to accompany a visual realization, rather than vice versa. In my work I explore new modes of communication between people and sound by transfiguring music notation to a visual graphic. The scope and scale of my work ranges from miniature individual components to artworks the size of a room. Through my realization, the technique that I use permits me to play with images in the way that musicians play with sounds. In this paper, I introduce this new language, which is an art form based on unlimited combinations of simple elements that are capable of expressing a broad range of human emotion and experience.

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