Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Brenda Mitchell, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

James Nestor, D.A.

Third Advisor

Susan Palmisano, M.F.A.


The thesis Pavor Nocturnus, or night terror in Latin, investigates the ideas of the dream, memory, and the role of the bed. The exhibition consisted of sculptural installations and large artworks suspended from the ceiling on the top floor of a decrepit industrial building, which had once served as an icehouse at the turn of the 20th century. By transforming personal events and actions into physical objects; viewers explored, experienced and interpreted the artworks on a personal level. The text analyzes each work of art in the exhibition. It includes the artist's philosophy, psychological and artistic influences as well as internal motivations that inspired the artwork. Specific artists, art movements, and psychologists are examined. The connections of influences to the work in Pavor Nocturnus are analyzed.