Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Cross , Sydney
Thum , Kathleen
My drawings reference the American landscape tradition and Regionalism to comment on contemporary rural experience and highlight our interactions with nature. I do this through utilizing personal and family history to develop imagery that documents the economic changes taking place. I discuss why the American landscape tradition is important for a cultural understanding of my work, how industrial language impacts our understanding of these spaces and finally how my work visually encapsulates the contrast between objective forms of mapping and the subjectivity of personal experience. These contexts help discuss some of the larger issues of land ownership and use by looking at ways the landscape is constructed in layers of perception. These layers shape our awareness of the importance these rural locations have in contemporary visual culture.
Drew, Carly, "Contested Grounds" (2013). All Theses. 1602.