Term of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Department of Art

Committee Chair

Jason Hoelscher

Committee Member 1

Jeff Garland

Committee Member 2

Christina Lemon


This thesis, Beyond the Surface, is a collection of work and designs that show experimentation with traditional metalsmithing techniques, digital fabrication, and manufactured materials juxtaposed with natural found objects. I use microscopic patterns found in organic structures, such as lichen, algae and fungi. Using electron and fluorescent microscope imaging and working with Georgia Southern's Biology department has aided in my increased understanding of the natural forms I use. By creating wearable forms that contain and hold found natural objects, I invite the viewer and wearer to analyze their unique connection with the objects’ temporal nature.

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