Kayla Bennett

Date of Award

Spring 5-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Sean Derry, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Nate Heuer, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Sharon Massey, M.F.A.


I am interested in how memories of moments seen, heard, and spoken define relationships and influence a person’s identity. My work attempts to visually record these recollections, using the skin as a medium for mark making. I exploit the properties of skin, including its ability to communicate through touch and its tendency to become marked by our interactions in the physical world. Using video, photography, and performance, I document the process of marking the skin and the way it heals. I challenge the boundaries of what is considered public and private imagery. My work asks the viewer to observe the intimacy of personal relationships, and reflect on memories that have impacted their own personal identity.