Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Nature is a construct inherited from Enlightenment thought. Our culture of nature—the way we construct, teach, communicate and perpetuate our concept of nature—has furthered the false dichotomy of an untamed nature versus a resource-consuming culture. This dualistic thinking has facilitated the current environmental crisis. We thus need a new culture of nature and a system of re-education that enables a symbiotic relationship between ourselves and our environment. A re-negotiation of this relationship is imperative to our continued survival on this planet; thus a reformation of the culture of nature can be viewed as an adaptive strategy. Systems-focused ecological art practice provides a platform for the process of re-education. A hyper-local focus integrating didactic display and community engagement is an effective strategy to re-cast environmental issues as social issues.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Linda C. Samuels
Ross, Allana, "Adaptive Strategies in a Slow-Motion Apocalypse" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 91.