Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Theatre

First Advisor

Young Smith

Department Affiliation


Second Advisor

Julie Hensley

Department Affiliation


Third Advisor

R. Dean Johnson

Department Affiliation



The Touching Rooms are a place of encounter between the living and the dead. We traverse the stages of grief through memory, dreams and magical realism, through language and music. In this work, I explore how paying attention, the art of seeing and describing, helps us through deep loss. Our daily rituals and everyday goodbyes are practice for the larger departures from our lives. In the series "The Touching Rooms," there is a mysterious town in Denmark where we may meet our dead beloveds. In a café of many dark rooms, objects and art, books and conversations, spark memory and carve portals for connection and healing. There is no real closure, we simply grow new chambers in the heart to carry grief with us in meaningful ways.

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