Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Raheleh T. Filsoofi

Second Advisor

Dr. Katherine Moore McAllen

Third Advisor

Donald Lyles


I believe I am drawn to work with wood because of genetic reasons. My grandfather was a carpenter. I remember him as a hardworking and busy man. As something inseparable and equally inspiring, I remember his studio which was a small house that was full of creativity and great memories. My grandparents’ house is one of my first memories where I learned to create art and collage. I have started to notice, as I get older, that I am constantly trying to bring back an atmosphere that resembles that warm and safe place of childhood. I have also noticed that by giving form to my wood collages and assemblages, I am recreating those memories as a mean of artistic expression. These represent my current body of work in collage: Oblivion.

This thesis examines collage in the history of art and in contemporary practice, a unique medium that can use leftover materials and cut pieces to put parts together to make a coherent whole. This process that integrates various unrelated materials can inspire a contemplative re-flection on memory and reality while also creating interesting aesthetic compositions. Collage is a medium for creating unique interpretations with the layering of forms. This layering process involves an inward-looking activity that connects us with our deepest thoughts and memories and often has unexpected results.


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