Date of Award

5-13-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Jeremy Bolen

Second Advisor

Jill Frank

Third Advisor

Kate Cunningham

Fourth Advisor

Robbie Land

Abstract

My thesis work, Between what exists, explores the conceptual and aesthetic intersections between disregarded industrial spaces, notions of nature and landscape, and analog image intervention. For the past two years I have repeatedly visited the site of gas stations and truck stops to make work; this exhibition is an extension of my experiences. Between what exists incorporates site-specific materials that denote our systems of convenience and consumption: found plastics, truck shipping and freight remains, discarded wrappers, and Gatorade. These materials are integrated into and interrupt the photo and film images I’ve made at these sites. My desire to give value to the devalued flows throughout this work and imbues the pieces with a meditative sense of looking and questioning. Ultimately, my ideas about these spaces vacillate between the possibility of reclaiming their material worthiness and reckoning with the ecological anxiety and capitalist destruction that they manifest.

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