On the thinking spectrum, some are content with the material world, while others explore the mind’s vastness. This thesis illustrates the desire to escape life’s complexities by retreating into the mind, showing how an escapist mindset strengthens and evolves through continual mental refuge. It aims to symbolize losing touch with reality, favoring an inner realm where one can craft an idealized world. 

I discuss the role of oversized garments as a central motif, serving as a metaphor for the protective cocoon of imagination. These garments, billowing and enveloping, reflect the psychological sanctuary from external chaos. Similarly, the willow tree symbolizes resilience and my illusion of living inside my head, chosen for its calming, free-flowing leaves. My bare feet under the tree signify the safety and freedom of this imaginative state. 

The photographic studio, a place of personal safety and creative freedom, represents my mind’s retreat. Here, I express myself fully, using the space to perform and create. The triptych display of my images is the artistic focus of my thesis, symbolizing both the imaginative mind and harsh reality. It flows from reality to imagination, breaking out of reality’s constraints. 

Lastly, I reflect on my previous need to prioritize others over myself, realizing this led to being taken advantage of and constructing a mental refuge from these pressures. Bianca Sparacino’s quote encapsulates the realization that happiness is about self-discovery and independence from others’ expectations.

Justynn Roque


Justynn Roque is a visual artist and photographer with a passion for capturing the essence of life through the lens of his camera. With refined skills in creative direction, studio lighting, and portraiture, Roque has honed his craft to create stunning works of art that are both expressive and thought-provoking.

Primarily working with medium format film photography, Roque’s works explore the topics of identity and growth. His use of film photography allows him to capture the raw, authentic moments that often go unnoticed in our fast-paced world. Through his art, Roque seeks to reveal the beauty in imperfection and the importance of embracing our individuality. He believes that art is a powerful tool for self-expression and empowerment, and he strives to use his talents to inspire others to embrace their creativity. Through his work, Roque hopes to inspire others to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the world around us.