Thesis (M.F.A., Art & Design) -- University of Idaho, 2015 | In order to produce work that prompts the viewer to undergo a process of personal exploration resulting in a heightened sensory experience, it is necessary to challenge rules and social norms about how we interact with and define art. Echoing an almost childlike curiosity, my work attempts to balance between the wonder of the experience and the patterns, rhythms, and familiarity of the materials. My intent is to create interactive experiences that cultivate dialogue between the viewer and the artwork. I engage multiple senses in an attempt to connect with the viewer in the creation of a piece or in the final presentation. By using intense colors and everyday manufactured materials, I hope to create bright spots that are playful and approachable in contrast to the deeply rooted questions about authority and rules that form the foundation of my creative process.