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Earthly Delights: Thinking Through Drawing

McLeod, Laurel (2020) Earthly Delights: Thinking Through Drawing. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: McLeod, Laurel
Abstract:

Earthly Delights: Thinking Through Drawing encourages human individuals to explore natural environments in a new light by transforming the spaces in which we encounter them, namely by bringing the exterior world of nature into interior spaces. In doing so, I work to encourage a reworking of our current understanding of what it means to experience nature and what it means for something to be natural. Beginning with an initial understanding of the natural environment as that which operates within the context of the outdoors, this text and accompanying artwork work to make sense of the different ways through which people remain part of rather than separate from the natural world, one that often goes overlooked. Natural processes, including flow, growth, erosion, and decay of plants and other organic matter, are taken into consideration in this process. Considering our presence in the time of the Anthropocene, I propose an imaginable call to action through the method of care. The resulting created speculative experience invites participants to come to their understanding about personal relationships with, and feelings towards, nature-based ecologies. Traditional methods of drawing are engaged in this body of work to speculate on a contemporary conceptualization of nature and how it might exist to human and more-than-human eyes. The works of art explore a delight in seeking connections to nature. Acknowledging such relationships strives to challenge thoughts about our place as humans existing as part of environmental spaces, demonstrating the potential for nature and people to exist as equals.

Date: 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Earth, Anthropocene, biophilia, enlivenment, becoming, care, drawing
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 15:47
Last Modified: 12 May 2020 15:47
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3011

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