Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Bradley

Second Advisor

Reynaldo I. Santiago

Third Advisor

Josefina D. Stoleson


This thesis paper discusses the work displayed as it might have been seen in the exhibition, Might Be Tragic. The work is inspired by and draws from narrative fiction, blurring the distinctions between our perceptions and our creations of reality. When one observes a narrative, they are unwittingly fulfilling voyeuristic tendencies by vicariously experiencing others realities or falsehoods. The exhibition challenges how narrative can function in a space. The process of walking through the exhibition, Might Be Tragic, brings the book, Not That Tragic, to life in a three-dimensional format exploring the intimate relationship one has with a book and experiencing a world separate from theirs. By playing with scale and rhythm, through the means of installation and large-scale reproductions, the space allows the viewer to experience a sense of immersion and take on the role of voyeur.


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