Author

Jacob Wareham

Date of Award

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Nathan Heuer

Second Advisor

Susan Palmisano

Third Advisor

Ivan Fortushniak

Abstract

What are the issues that define our global society? The exhibition Oecumenicus: Our Global Inheritance identifies these issues. The world is faced with two dire crises, one environmental and one humanitarian. Excessive carbon emissions created by the mass consumption of fossil fuels is causing climate change that is leading to a global-scale temperature increase that threatens the balance of Earth’s ecosystems. At the same time, nationalism is stymieing the integration of the international community by promoting unnecessary trade conflicts, and xenophobic agendas. Extraordinary progress has been made toward international cooperation in the 20th century, and all of the solutions to our present dilemmas exist today. This exhibition presents a vision of our world today, and a future vision in which these solutions have been implemented.

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