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Thesis Defence: Layered Landscapes
May 12, 2023 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Natasha Harvey, supervised by Briar Craig, will defend their thesis titled “Layered Landscapes” in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.
An abstract for Natasha Harvey’s thesis is included below.
Defences are open to all members of the campus community as well as the general public. Registration is not required for in person defences.
I spend time deepening my connection with the land in the Syilx peoples’ unceded territories, walking and connecting through place-based research. Over time, during these walks, I have found the expansion of dwellings, and homes pushing up the mountainsides around and over wetlands, impacting wildlife habitat and ecology. Construction cuts into the land. Culture and economy reshape the horizon, thus rendering ‘space’ politically complex. Therefore, achieving the colonial landscape sublime is not a simple image of beauty without erasure. My artwork consists of a series of collaged landscape paintings and linocut prints, which seek to represent and communicate the effects of human interference on the environment while evoking the participatory spirit of love and beauty of nature. My work and research are specifically place-based in the Okanagan. I question whether my depictions of the landscape illustrate this complexity and thus encourage a conversation about our expanding contribution to the detriment of the land.