Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Paul Valadez

Second Advisor

Veronica Jaeger

Third Advisor

Josefina Stoleson


Silence an action that conceals a person’s memories, thoughts, emotions, fears, and insecurities, making them crave a method of expression. In this case, the Visuals Arts serves as an approach to investigate, create, understand, accept, and confront the darkness within the artist's psychological and emotional state. Inspiration taken from vibrant colors and insects found within Puerto Rico's natural sources, how these interact, relate, and consume the human within. By creating a series of artworks, the artist starts to comprehend how silence has taken over her life. Taciturnity has become the flame that ignited the artistic flow that leads to the discovery of her voice, identity, and acceptance. It is a constant creative struggle that consumes time, effort, creativity, and sanity. In which the artist learns what she is capable of and how far she is willing to continue with her artistic expression.


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