Date of Graduation

5-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Art

Advisor

Breanne Trammell

Committee Member

Rebecca Ann Drolen

Second Committee Member

Abra Levenson

Third Committee Member

Kasey Ramirez

Fourth Committee Member

Bethany Springer

Keywords

Art, Book Art, Ecological Feminism, Printmaking, Publications, Zines

Abstract

Weather Permitting is an exhibition of objects and printed matter, primarily in the form of publicationsthat examine my relationship to nature and the idea of nature as both sanctuary and armor. At a young age, my parents would take my on a hike every Sunday instead of going to church. The hikes acted as a weekly pilgrimage deep into the woods and a ritual instilling the idea of nature being a place of spiritual refuge and retreat. A sanctuary - of course, weather permitting.

As I grew up and experienced hardship, my first instinct has always been to go hide in the woods.Through publication and installation, I use landscape theory, deep ecology, ecofeminist themes and modes of disruption such as the glitch to share personal narratives. These publications wander through the strain of personal experience, the ephemeral and nature's role in day-to-day life. To create these publications, I have been hiking, researching the effects of climate change, creating my own archives and utilizing the University of Arkansas Special Collections. Hiking and being in nature is a very important part of my studio practice where I recharge, observe, and remember why these publications need to exist.

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