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Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
School of Art, Design and Art History
Moving to Harrisonburg proved to be a culture shock for me because in the past, I had lived in areas where the levels of diversity were different and allowed me to feel more at ease. I faced the issue of feeling uncomfortable in a new-found environment and felt compelled to start a dialogue about my experience through my artwork. It was imperative for me to find a way to create a community for myself, and by doing so in my artwork, I have thrived from my experience of feeling out of place. I began making work about self-image, family and community in order to give myself a place in the community. It was important to remember that a location is what you make it, keeping in mind that home or community starts from within. After starting the dialogue about diversity, I found that living in this new area became much more comfortable.
Terry, Joliza G., "Home starts from within" (2016). Masters Theses. 106.