Date of Award

Summer 8-22-2020

Level of Access

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Susan L. Smith

Second Committee Member

Hugh Curran

Third Committee Member

Giles Timms


This paper discusses the author's creative practice as it relates to the evolutionary origins of the unique aspects of human consciousness and their implication throughout time. A methodological approach that models cognitive systems that have developed based on these implications is described. The art works that these models generate are described in the context of contemporary art practice as well as their relevance to the author's personal spiritual journey, especially in light of his involvement with Zen Buddhism and eastern philosophy.