Date of Award
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.