Push Play

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Susan M. Palmisano, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Ivan J. Fortushniak, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Robert Wilson Sweeny, Ph.D.


Push Play, a site specific installation that was situated inside Kipp Gallery on September 6th to 16th, 2011 explores the processes of learning, play, games, and understanding the self. These processes relate to humanity's ongoing journey for acquiring knowledge, and achieving progress for the betterment of the individual, or society. Using various media, Push Play recreates this journey in the form of a game board using symbols, icons, sounds, lights, video projections, and sculptural elements indicative of our busy and overloaded minds. Emphasis is placed on accumulation and abundance, to simulate a mind in today's culture bombarded with sensory information, which must be sifted through and organized for coherent thinking. Push Play is information, and it will reference epistemologists, artists and their styles, pop culture, esoterica, itself (games), and my identity.