Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Nancy Floyd

Second Advisor

Constance Thalken

Third Advisor

Teresa Bramlette-Reeves


Conscious Living is a series of visual solutions to a current and escalating problem in increasingly populated modern societies between its citizens and the environment they inhabit. Documented in the photographs are two dissimilar intentional communities that both strive to operate harmoniously with the surrounding ecology.

Originally intending to address the misconception that low impact living is uncomfortable or unsatisfying, this research and my firsthand experience has led to conclusions that are more complex and less didactic. Although the images focus on these two communities, ultimately the intention is to provide the viewer with new perspectives on these niche groups, as well as options to implement low impact alternatives to their lifestyle.