Dissertation title: Earth in Focus: The Complex Sculptures of Land Art and their Big Picture Effect, as seen through the Lens of Photography and Film (1960s-1970s).
Supervisors: Professor Geraldine Johnson and Professor Anthony Gardner
Supported by: the AHRC Fellowship, the Scatcherd Fellowship, and the Sir Bryan Cartledge Scholarship.
DPhil and research interests:
My research interests span both History of Art and Philosophy, but I am particularly interested in art & ecology, art in the age of climate change, the use of photography and film and other 'non-site' practices, sculpture and phenomenology/enactivism, negating the dualism of city and landscape, and the impact of art on our view of, and our relationship with, our planet.
My dissertation focused on previously unstudied material of the films and photographs of and as Land Art, in which I considered the reciprocal relation between the Land Art sculptures in situ and lens-based media. The thesis presented new archival material through which a re-evaluation of Land Art becomes possible, one that includes the abundant use of lens-based media by the artists working in early Land Art. It is shown that the artists of Land Art were seeking ways in which both presence and absence, ‘presentness’ and distance, would become components of their aesthetics through their search for a continuous relationship between their artworks on-site and the distancing and displacing functions of different media, like film, photography and texts. This dialectical constellation of elements is directly bound to the ontology of Land Art (or: its ‘the conditions of possibility’) – an ontology that points to a search for a different worldview: interested in ‘the bigger picture’ of the relation of human beings and our planet, as well as the growing awareness – as a lived experience – of the intrinsic reciprocity of our lives.
Teaching: In addition to my PhD I also hold a MA in both History of Art (New York University) and Philosophy (University of Amsterdam), and I am available to teach in both disciplines. Recently taught modules include:
- From Post-War to Post-Modern: Photography in Europe and America, 1945-1990s
- The Experience of Modernity: Visual Culture and Aesthetics, 1880-1925
- Methodologies in the History of Art (18th to 21th century)
I have published on a wide variety of topics, both in art and philosophy. Please have a look at my Academia webpage.