Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Fall 2015

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Art

First Advisor

Anita Jung

Abstract

My work is concerned with our perceptions of climate change and our relationship with the environment. Scientific study of historical worldwide climate data shows that global temperatures have been steadily rising for at least the last one hundred years. The concept of the anthropocene—a particular geologic epoch defined by human presence—links climate change specifically to humans and their impact on the environment. Even confronted with the data, many feel disconnected from climate change. While one can detect temperature change of single degrees over the course of seconds or minutes, it is difficult to feel this kind of temperature change over the course of decades. My work for the past three years has been concerned with questions related to how we feel and figure environmental loss. Crafting, mourning, and emotion have continually cropped up in my work as ways of apprehending environmental loss.

Public Abstract

My artistic work examines climate change through our emotional experience of events and imagery related to climate change. My work addresses the question: “How do you feel global warming?” Scientific study of historical worldwide climate data shows that global temperatures have been steadily rising for at least the last one hundred years. Even confronted with the data, many feel disconnected from climate change. Through installations involving textiles, prints, photography, and video, my work aims to make climate change resonate emotionally with viewers.

Keywords

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Pages

viii, 44 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 44).

Copyright

Copyright 2015 Sarita Zaleha

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