Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Degree Program

Studio Art and Design, MFA

Committee Chair

Grubola, James

Committee Member

Carothers, Mary

Committee Member

Kopelson, Karen

Author's Keywords

abortion; art; drawing; printmaking; ultrasound; Ohio River; monotype


Waiting Room is an installation of drawings and monotypes that re-envision everyday printed materials common in medical offices. The brochures, poster, bulletin board and children’s ABC book in this Waiting Room offer guidance suggest invasive and dysfunctional policy. A door opens onto a further room, where a hundred ultrasound images cascade onto the floor. This work, called Transducer Phosphene is the product of a fictional character’s encounter with a cruel (and not fictive) abortion policy. Waiting Room is the fruit of an inquiry that spanned my three years of study at the Hite Art Institute, a probing into the politics of ubiquitous measurements. With paper and ink, I asked: When does measurement become surveillance? When does it construct rather than reflect human interiority? And how, in a world intent on measuring, do I hold on to other ways of knowing?