Title

-rhiza.

Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

5-2021

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A.

Department

Fine Arts

Degree Program

Studio Art and Design, MFA

Committee Chair

Singel, Rachel

Committee Member

Kit Chan, Ying

Committee Member

Johmann, Michael

Author's Keywords

Ecology; ecophilosophy; mycology; swareness; found-object sculpture; multidisciplinary art

Abstract

-rhiza is a collection of work that focuses on an immersive experience of local ecology and the dichotomous relationship of humanity and nature, presented through the artist's eyes, ecophilosophy, mycology, ecofeminism, and metaphor. An installation of experiential work, -rhiza consists of videography, printmaking, photography, musical elements, both found object and natural item sculptures, and poetry. This compendium of work addresses humanity's apathy towards the ecological imbalance and how this affects our fundamental interconnectedness with all life. Based on explorations of local waterways and the recognition of human consumerism's pressing issues, -rhiza attempts to present the urgent matter of rising waste levels and the ever-present impact this has on the biosphere. This body of work seeks to create a dialogue between humanity and nature, present the idea of non-duality of beings, reroute common thoughts of anthropocentrism, and promote a realization of the larger Self - the Earth.

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