The Pastoral Trope and Its Influence on Man-Made Spaces

For my final project I wrote an essay about the pastoral trope. I’ve always been interested in how common themes are spread and I liked how pretty much everything we discussed in class could be brought back to the pastoral. I researched the beginnings of the trope and how literary pastoral inspired landscape architects like Olmsted. Parts of my essay focuses on Glen A. Love’s writings in Practical Ecocriticism: Literature, Biology, and the Environment, as well as the pastoral trope and Yosemite. I’ve made a slideshow to go along with it and I’ll be showing a video of people in a time lapse in Yosemite.





Final Project: An Exploration of How We View Nature

For my final project I created an environmental artwork, and also made a video which documents the piece and provides an explanation of the work and its meaning. During my presentation I will show the video, and hopefully talk about or answer any questions about the piece. Even though the audio in the video is a recording of me reading my artist statement, I have also posted it here for anyone who would like to read it: Continue reading

Forever Wild: To Conserve or Not To Conserve?

I am basing my project off the work of Carlton Ward, an environmental photojournalist who promotes conservation of natural environments. I became interested Carlton Ward and his work when Dr. Wacker introduced the artist to our class. I am an avid outdoorsman and have a passion for the natural environment. My passion for the outdoors is what has fueled my interest for this project. My purpose or goal is to tell a story through photographs, but not just any story. I want to open people’s eyes to the conservation of the natural environment and its’ inhabitants. I hope to spark a new interest in the natural environment and raise awareness of how important it is to humans. I have attached my entire slideshow for my project: Forever Wild: To Conserve or Not To Conserve Continue reading

See America: Promotion of the National Parks

I have researched the promotion of the National Parks and found some really cool vintage travel poster. Here’s a link to my Pinterest board- See America

Believe it or not, there is a council specifically for promoting the National Parks. It is called National Parks Promotion Council. The website for the NPPC has information about the parks, marketing and research information, and a blog. I was intrigued by the blog because blogging was a part of our class this semester. There was one article from the blog that stood out to me, it was titled, The Mountain Doesn’t Care If You’re Black. Continue reading

Reflection: My 1st Experience in the Parks

For my final free-form article, I decided to reflect on my experience in the National Parks. I haven’t been to every Park. But I’ve been to a fair amount of Parks and Monuments. After taking this course and watching The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns, I began thinking back on the Parks. To help illustrate my experience, below is a very cheesy slide-show video I made years ago showing what I experienced on my first trip. Continue reading

Yellowstone Wolves

Because of their endangered status, wolves were missing from one of the most popular parks in the United States, Yellowstone National Park. In 1974, the gray wolf was listed as endangered in the continental United States. After reintroduction efforts to save the wolves, their status in two of the three Distinct Population Segments (DPS) established by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Western and Eastern DPS, was downgraded to “threatened” in April of 2003. Sadly, however, the effort to save these wolves hasn’t spread through all of the areas that the wolves populate; the wolves in the Southwestern DPS are still classified as endangered.

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Yellowstone and Moran

We have talked a lot about the National Parks in this course (obviously). We have also touched on how instrumental artists were at bringing the images to the public, and offering a glance as to what wonders hid out in the Western wilderness. For my final art interpretation for this course, I would like to talk about a work in particular related to the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone. Continue reading