Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
David Detrich, Committee Chair
This body of work considers how psychological human experience parallels the rhythms of the natural world, with an aesthetic of spare elegance. Focusing on the desert and a temperate forest in winter, I explore the concept of having just enough and too much, and its effect on human mentality, both during and resulting from times of scarcity. Stories are a fundamental part of the work. Wall texts containing narratives function as an entrance point for the viewer. Using metaphor, simple grandeur, and ritual, this work provides an opportunity to inhabit the artwork through installation and photography. Photography encourages the viewer to imagine themselves within the landscape, and the installations are concrete places to experience that ask the viewer to wonder about the landscape from which it was born.
Vander Kooi, Susan E., "Just Enough: The Work of Susan Vander Kooi" (2018). All Theses. 2887.