Date of Award

3-26-2019

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

School of Art

First Advisor

Sarah Smelser

Abstract

EVERYTHING WE TOUCH IS TOUCHING US

MOLLY MARKOW

22 Pages

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

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Markow_ilstu_0092N_11428.pdf

DOI

http://doi.org/10.30707/ETD2019.Markow.M

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Page Count

29

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