Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
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.
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.
viii, 44 pages
Includes bibliographical references (page 44).
Copyright 2015 Sarita Zaleha
Zaleha, Sarita. "Feeling environmental loss." MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2015.