Date of Award

5-17-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Elizabeth Lee

Language

English

Abstract

One of the issues that concerns artists of today who work in the context of climate change is consumer-oriented waste, and, specifically the landfill. This project examines the work of six contemporary artists, working in different countries and with various media, who each engage with landfills in order to expose the environmental and societal implications of seventy years of mass consumerism. While not all of these artists are overtly making activist statements about the environment in the work, in their photographs and paintings, these artists harness the visual power of garbage to reflect on the systems that control our waste, the people whose lives it affects, and the future of our planet if current trash trends are not changed.

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