Publication Date

Fall 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Carrie Ohm, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Michael Hart, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Javier Chavira, M.F.A.


The emotions from memories and the passing of time can be an intriguing thing. The more time that passes the more difficult it can be to remember details thus changing the memory. The more people who share a specific memory,the more memories may exist,yet each person’s recognition of the event may vary. When family members recall a childhood event, they can have a plethora of viewpoints and interpretations all depending on the time passed and roles played along with previous life experiences.

For centuries,history was recorded orally through ceremony and storytelling, and some cultures also involved the sharing of food. Family traditions and life lessons were kept alive by teaching them to the next generation. When a memory is lost, a part of history is lost or obscured forever, interrupting the flow of tradition and evoking change.

The memories of my family and the emotions I have when I think of them are the inspiration for most of my artwork.


Abstract created from manuscript by OPUS staff.