Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Nancy Floyd - Committee Chair

Second Advisor

Constance Thalken - Committee Member


The Chattahoochee River begins in the Appalachian Mountains in northeast Georgia, flows through Atlanta, and then turns south to form the Georgia/Alabama state line. There are many dams along the river to help supply power, and many recreational areas. Most importantly, the Chattahoochee River provides 70% of metropolitan Atlanta’s drinking water. With all of these benefits, we should be protecting the river, but we are not. The water is polluted and gets more polluted the further south you go. In my photographs, I want to bring this to people’s attention. I used photographic negatives “damaged” in water to print my final photographs, hoping the resulting images would awaken viewers’ interest. I want to add my voice to that of other artists who work with water issues, such as Joe Cooks, Alex Kirkbride, and Yin Xiuzhen, and show how the shortage of clean water is not just a local problem for the city of Atlanta, but also a global problem.

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