Semester of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
As a mechanism to explore my temporary home in Louisiana, Winding Down River Road is a collection of artworks that integrates natural materials collected from landscapes in southern Louisiana with steel and petroleum-based products. My interest in researching environmental issues, ecology, and industry has shaped my vehicles for observation and how I generate data. Through a variety of methodologies, I am considering how climate change is forcing many of us to re-contextualize how our home can be affected by the very industries we rely on. Personal engagement with residents living in the dystopian atmosphere of southern Louisiana’s industrial corridor and the rapidly disappearing coastal communities shaped my understanding of rooted connection to place. What began as a class field trip along an infamous byway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans sparked a multi-year study of this unique environment impacted by industrial infrastructure and systems that ultimately disrupt the landscape.
Harper, Gillian, "Winding Down River Road" (2022). LSU Master's Theses. 5638.
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