Date of Defense


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First Advisor

Patrick Wilson

Second Advisor

Patricia Villalobos Echeverria

Third Advisor

Paul Flickinger


Dance exists as an expression which originates in the body. This work derives from contact improvisation: a nonverbal conversation wherein each partner concentrates completely on the other, dialoging through touch. At this point of contact, a mark is made.

In life, scars blemish our skin and serve as indications of previous touch. Here, pigments interrupt skin—performer, sculpture, gallery wall, or otherwise—and document the interaction between two bodies.

Our bodies are vehicles for communication. Through tactile interaction and spatial relationships, we understand each other in ways beyond words. Our innate intelligence and intuition arise from a lifetime of moving through space in context of other forms and people.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Thesis Poster

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Obel Performance

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Traces Dance

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