Browsing SUNY College at New Paltz by Subject "Ecological art"
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Forsaking Our Shallow Seas: MFA Thesis - PrintmakingThe Earth’s coral reefs are in extreme danger, which ultimately means that our human existence is also threatened. As a scuba diver and artist, I have researched the causes and effects of declining coral reef health, as well as the relationship humans have to the rising imbalance of reef ecosystems. Through printmaking and painting techniques, I have created a body of work comprised of prints on paper, wire, and found objects that expose the threatened existence of corals, reasons for their endangered state, and how humans are both producers and victims of the damaging consequences.
Made in the USA, When gnomes need to clean their homes: MFA Thesis - SculptureMy work, Made in the USA , focuses on the environment, communication, and identity. Using critical humor along with dark playfulness, I open doors to difficult conversations relating to issues of overconsumption and the culture of waste in America, through the lens of my own awareness of cultural differences. The works are based on my experience of being a foreign person in America. I choose familiar, everyday objects and commonly considered waste materials as the raw materials for my work and for their potential to initiate cross-cultural, nonverbal communication. Then I transform those materials into situational, humorous, and metaphorical artworks that double back and question our relationship to the commonplace things I started with.
Transformations into the botanical conversation: MFA Thesis - PrintmakingAs a hand papermaker and printmaker, I see my work as a hybrid between the two processes. I am interested in creating local-plant based art by using the natural environment as a source of inspiration, raw material, and the beginnings of a social conversation. The works I make uses forms that echo themselves in the natural world and attempt to explore the symbiotic relationship between humans and their environment. Through four forms of study I explore the use of the seed bomb as a method of natural farming, material exploration of raw fibers, natural dyes derived from plant material, and the use of pulp as a sculptural medium.