Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



Committee Chair

Courtney Santo

Committee Member

Courtney Santo

Committee Member

Eric Schlich

Committee Member

Mark Mayer


“Shallow Breathing,” follows the journey of Dora, a young woman who embarks on a life-changing adventure as she marries the love of her life and relocates to a quaint, isolated town nestled in the hills of Tennessee—Morris Chapel. Eager to embrace her new life, Dora stumbles upon a haunting mystery surrounding the family who once inhabited her home. As the secrets of the past slowly unveil themselves, Dora becomes consumed by an insatiable desire to unearth the truth. Morris Chapel, shrouded in mystery, holds dark secrets that have long been buried. Through Dora’s relentless pursuit of the truth, she discovers the tragic events that transpired in her new home, leading her to question the events that led them to this town in the first place. As the layers of the past unravel, Dora finds herself entangled in a web of deception, love, and loss. “Shallow Breathing” is a tale of one woman's determination to uncover the hidden history of her surroundings, ultimately realizing that the past is not only a reflection of the town but a mirror reflecting the complexities of her own life. With every revelation, Dora must navigate the delicate balance between love and truth, and in doing so, she discovers the resilience within herself to face her fears.


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