Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Visual Arts

First Advisor

Professor Fernando Orellana


Art, Robotics, Sculpture, Turkish Map Fold, Robotic Art


Spanning the divide between the humanities and STEM has been a pursuit of my undergraduate experience. In my senior project I seek to relate these disciplines through the creation of “automated canvases.” Resulting is a series of robotic art pieces that automate the opening and closing motion of Turkish map folds. These map folds then present a series of paintings displaying a tone of the uncanny and references to parallel universes. Utilizing robotics in my project allows the paintings to push further into a third dimension than normally possible. Providing literal motion to my traditionally two dimensional work requires consideration of the dynamic between these traditional and modern modes of creation.

This project aims to connect my interests in engineering and fine-art, as well as traditional and contemporary forms of art. Development of this project has entailed balancing mechanical demands with aesthetic desires. Particularly central to the design work has been understanding the opportunities as well as the restrictions of interdisciplinary work.