Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Nathan Heuer, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Ivan Fortushniak, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Chris McGinnis, M.F.A.

Abstract

My work considers landscape more than a physical place but as a cultural construct that can be decoded to inform our understanding of cultural identity. The term landscape has a variety of meanings and connotations. By presenting the viewer with surreal skin-like environments that have suffered the affects of human exploit, I hope to inspire empathy for our world and the fragile systems therein. I look to the Romantic period's fascination with sublime natural wonders and compare this experience to industrial hubris and the human desire for control over nature. While we look to landscape for a sense of identity and belonging our insatiable appetite to subjugate the land may ultimately lead to our demise. My work attempts to illustrate human assertion becoming a force of nature reshaping human identity.

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