Date of Award

Spring 5-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Susan Palmisano, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Nathan Heuer, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Christopher McGinnis, M.F.A.


In|Dependiente evaluates the role of Latin American culture through the lens of its historically submissive role, which contributed to the success of a thriving Western culture. My research and artwork are reflective of the passive role Latin American culture played throughout history from its period of colonization through the 21st century, leading to the marginalization of the culture. My work contrasts the colonial past and capitalist present-day state of Latin America, collapsing history upon itself in order to confront the viewer with the consistency of Western economical reign in the region.

In|Dependiente adopts the metaphorical language of visual media, and exists as a multi-disciplinary body of work that explores mixed media alongside painting. Through the metaphorical language of visual media, “In|Dependiente” merges the entangled histories of the Western world and Latin America by referencing the historical narrative and re-branding of Latin folk art traditions, visualizing societal patterns, and placing the culture within a context that questions the longevity of marginalization.