This work is a relay of my practice in the MFA program at Southern Methodist University. In this text, I account for one of the formal elements of my practice, the box; some of the overarching themes of my practice; commentary on the performances “Rumor Has It”, “The Jesus Projects”, “Better Luck Next Time”, and “The Collector”, as well as “The Black Cock Art Foundation” and “Black Cock Café”, and some of the cultural and artistic influences on my practice. I analyze why I think my work has been received the way it has in some instances by the university and what I think this take on my work means to my overall practice as it has been contained in Dallas, Texas.

I have a number of footnotes to help navigate this text in addition to the bibliography. For the sake of convenience for the reader and to not make this document as dense as the work I am undertaking, these footnotes are an important tool for navigating the document for any interested parties. The format of this document breaks from a formal research paper in the hope of achieving a more casual tone meant to reflect the personality of the artist.

Degree Date

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Type


Degree Name



Division of Art


Melanie Clemmons

Second Advisor

Roberto Conduru

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In Praise of Shadows Book - Digital Photo

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Sweet Jesus - Digital Collage

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Box 1 - Digital Collage

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Box 3 - Digital Collage

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Act One - Video

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A Short Trip Around The Sun - Drawing

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The Brother Orchid - Drawing

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Angels of Our Better Nature/Ogre - Video

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