Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Boruszkowski, Lilly

Second Advisor

Felleman, Susan

Third Advisor

Martinez, Antonio


This paper examines my work as a film and video artist, tracing the creative development from my earliest super-8 films to my MFA thesis exhibition, Lightscapes. It points to the key features of light and spirituality that have defined the majority of my work, and investigates their connection to issues of religion and philosophical belief systems. It also explores these features against the context of other artists working within similar conceptual veins, particularly the tradition of American avant-garde filmmakers who emerged during the 1950s and 1960s. An account of my work in sound is provided, detailing my experimentations with analog synthesizers and manipulated natural sounds as well as my exploration of specific artists operating within the soundscape tradition. This paper concludes with a summary of the creative process for this project, from its beginnings as a multi-projector film exhibition to a single-image video installation.




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