Publication Date

Spring 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Beth Parin, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Jerry Slowik, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Javier Chavira, M.F.A.


The beauty and simplicity of outside spaces often overlooked in a busy world are intimate places to regenerate. There are simple moments in life going on all around us which can be most profound, effortless catalysts triggering memories or creating new ones. Looking at something and interpreting it comes from one’s inner self construed by those defining moments that make who we are, a product of our life experiences. Taking time to day-dream, quiet or settle one’s mind, even if momentarily, transports the viewer to another place, a solemn way to achieve peace of mind. There are gifts all around us just waiting to be opened. The image is brought to the forefront, resetting the stage of the experience taking on a theme of its own. An object, often strategically placed, adaptable in countless spaces of satisfaction, draws in casual observers offering a notion to stop and take a moment in time; past, present or future. Some spaces absent of objects continue to advocate places to visually unwrap images that can transcend the ages. Spaces become sensory images of treasured art located just outside the door.