'Somatic Dissonance' is my MFA thesis project from the Rhode Island School of Design (2014). A series of memory vignettes collected as journal entries were the stimulus for my studio research during my MFA project. My studio research drew from and combined a variety of mediums including performance, video installation, sound installation, photography, and stop motion animation. The use of combined media offered a blending of time and space in an effort to record cyclical rituals and alters to the past, an unveiling of hidden layers of the mind. My narrative was built on an image of myself constructed from memories—records with no visual markers. Using the language of combined media I constructed something tangible out of the intangible. This process was an act of resolve, propelled by a desire for stability and an expanded vision of self. Persistent and recurring imagery and themes—oral telling, inversion, the body, prognostication, trauma, and lineage—are enmeshed with a deep personal need to find a voice for something inside me that desperately wanted to speak but was somehow unable to.