The Arts Center of St. Peter, located at 315 S. Minnesota Ave, in St. Peter, MN, hosted the thesis exhibit, Body Memory. The exhibit ran from April 8, 2016, through May 8, 2016. The opening reception was held on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Ceramic sculptures were created with a variety of textile and paper imprints on the clay surface, then folded over an internal paper structure, and placed in a constructed canvas hammock to allow gravity to alter the form. All sculptures were finished using underglaze washes to emphasize the surface textures. Gloss tile sealer, wax, waxed paper, silk, or chamois were additional materials added to the finished surface, post firing, to complete the ceramic sculptures.

To complete installation of the ceramic sculptures, environments were constructed using fiber, plastic, paper, or screen mesh. Much of the fiber was soaked in glue and dried, thus making it stiff. These environments created either a conceptual bed or window, and were installed suspended on the wall. The ceramic pieces were then wall mounted onto the background installation.

One of the 15 sculptures was an exception to the above format. A queen size bed spread was constructed using fabrics that were used in the studio to create the clay surface textures. It was installed over 2 ceramic pillows and hung in the atrium in the gallery.


Mika Laidlaw

Committee Member

Josh Winkler

Committee Member

Jessica Flatequal

Date of Degree




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Master of Arts (MA)


Arts and Humanities

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