Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Joline Blais

Second Committee Member

Owen F. Smith

Third Committee Member

Leon Johnson


The thesis work presented here is a body of lived artistic practice based on global concerns and personal ethics. These practices were shaped by critical review of artistic techniques, their affordances and their limitations. It was important that the work reach beyond conventional boundaries of art and academia in order to have effects in the local community of my everyday existence. Therefore the art exists less as static objects and more as a living, dynamic set of relations and practice. For example organization of bicycle races, creation of innovative public educational situations and engagement in alternative economic exchange, were all central components of the praxis.

The following document details the theoretical origins of the work and their implementation in practice. Additionally a review of influences contextualizes the work within (dis)similar works of other practitioners. Finally, reflection on my work summarizes results and identifies future trajectories.