Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Carlos Roberto de Souza

Second Advisor

Paul Valadez

Third Advisor

Marcus Farris


As a result of the absence of a father-figure and the repulsion of machismo, a love for that masculinity and a void within grew from the missing father-son/male-male interaction; this is the drive to codify my work with homoerotic imagery bathed with guilty religiosity through a torturous sadomasochist context to display a life-mirrored desire to punish and love the male simultaneously while feeling guilty doing it. The work is inspired by homoerotic and religious art history and at times the blending of the two.

The purpose of this work is not only to show the love for the celebration of the male but also the desire to punish him while opening the dialogue about the identification of homoerotic religious art.


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