Date of Award
Thesis and Dissertation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
School of Art
EVERYTHING WE TOUCH IS TOUCHING US
Images shape both personal and collective experiences of place in the Anthropocene. I am interested in the relationship of landscape and representation to purity politics, longing, and escape. I am critical of the role of idealized depictions of “nature” and question how images shape our notions of paradise, desire, and fantasy. Who benefits from notions of paradise, and who doesn’t? I ask these questions while searching for a way to embrace impurity and the beauty in contamination. How might we come to an understanding of the post-pure that leaves room for joy?
KEYWORDS: representation, landscape, photography, purity politics, sculpture, anthropocene, entanglements, kitsch, escape
Markow, Molly, "Everything We Touch is Touching Us" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 1077.