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Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ - Where They Have a Good and Beautiful Life

Li, Yuefeng (2024) Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ - Where They Have a Good and Beautiful Life. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Li, Yuefeng

In urban settings, while nature is ever-present in subtle ways, it frequently goes unnoticed, a consequence of perceived undervaluation. As an interdisciplinary artist focusing on Ecological Anthropology, my work involves semi-abstract paintings and installation navigating the intricate intersections in urban wilderness, employing the human body as a metaphorical passage to approach the complexities of this often-dismissed landscape. Drawing from my embodied experiences as a female artist engaging with diminishing natural spaces, my inquiry is into the concept of health and sustainable coexistence amidst ever-changing urban landscapes. This exploration is conducted from philosophical, ecological, and phenomenological perspectives to comprehend the broader implications of such encounters and resistances. In my research-creation, the chosen materials, techniques, and processes embrace Chinese artistic traditions and Daoist ideas, while adapting to contemporary ecological discourse in the West through sustainable practices. This MFA thesis evokes an entangled imagination, focusing on the interplay between bodies and landscapes, commenting on bodily engagement with both constructed and natural contexts. This approach illuminates how our perception and cognition are shaped and altered, fostering an understanding and envision of harmonious coexistence in our rapidly urbanizing reality.

Date: 8 May 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban wilderness, body, landscape, shanshui, metaphor, bodily perception, embodied cognition, Daoism, ecological sensibility, harmonious coexistence, sustainability, painting, collage, installation
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 17:01
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 17:01
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4479

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