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My Mosaic Masterpiece

  • Author(s): Birriel, Natalie
  • Advisor(s): Donnelly, Kyle
  • et al.
Abstract

At a young age I had my voice taken from me. For as long as I could remember, playing pretend for me was not just a fun childish game but rather a vital component in my development of discovering my voice, as well as myself. From the moment I could speak I found that doing impersonations of other people, or creating characters myself helped me achieve fluency with my speech.

Growing up with such a wild imagination, I desperately needed to learn how to control all the creative impulses I had. Specificity, and precision became the goal from the moment I walked into grad school. I have had the great fortune to tell the stories of characters such as Wife, who taught me the meaning of love, and what sacrifice is. Stacey, who challenged me to take more risk than I ever had before. Goldie, who taught me that timing and precision were everything. From Katherine, to Lady M, to Juliet all of who took me on a journey to another time, by teaching me how to blend my eccentricities to their worlds.

This program has given me the tools necessary to be an artist who doesn't just run on impulse. In these three years I have been encouraged to bring my wild imagination to the table, my voice, and spontaneity with precision and specificity.

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