Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Overturf, Daniel


LANDSCAPES FROM THE ROAD In this paper I will discuss the images from Landscapes From The Road and how they function within a canon of landscape. I will discuss these images in relation to traditional romantic and pastoral constructs of landscape as well as the ways in which the images formulate landscape as uniquely and materialistically contemporary. I will discuss landscape as a concept related to the contemplation of the Sublime, renewed individuality, and its contemporary treatment as a location of transactional and material interest. I will contextualize the images of Landscapes From the Road as representing a more inclusive definition of nature wherein certain contradictions arise. These contradictions primarily involve a conflict between ideations of an originary or primal landscape and that of a landscape defined by human processes of habitation. In my photographs and in this paper I present the idea of landscape as inclusive of both halves of this equation. I offer a holistic landscape that engages on an ontic and transcendental level as well as on a material level in which the landscape becomes the sight of ambiguities intrinsic to and inseparable from the process of human habitation.




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