Art, Art History and Design, School of


First Advisor

Santiago Cal

Second Advisor

Eddie Dominguez

Third Advisor

Ash Eliza Smith

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Document Type



A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Fine Arts, Major: Art, Under the Supervision of Professor Santiago Cal. Lincoln, Nebraska: March, 2023

Copyright © 2023 Gretchen Kathleen Larsen


In my creative practice I climb down the ladder, put the glass slipper on my own foot, and build the ball for myself (and everyone I know, of course). What I mean is, instead of waiting for the prince and his kingdom to come, I have learned to pursue my own dreams. I do this by dreaming up and building objects using a mixture of traditional and new media. I work with wood, acrylic, LEDs, microcontrollers, lamp parts, and other materials including fabric and projectors. I create, live with, and create again, objects of my own design. The objects I create are in the pursuit of my own questions and interests. Each time around, I develop new questions. I build objects for public and domestic spaces. In my dining room table Bouquet/Lamp, I ask as many questions as I answer, about dining rooms, community, flowers and lights. In my Video-DJ practice, I create objects for public spaces: portable light sculptures, coded-video projections and whatever else I’ve got, to transform a public space. My creative practice allows me to gently build a life, both public and private, where I am in tune with its shape and its particular shade.

Advisor: Santiago Cal