Environmental art and its contribution to establishing an awareness of the sacred in nature

Matthews, Elaine Katherine Simone (2000) Environmental art and its contribution to establishing an awareness of the sacred in nature. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

The introduction establishes the goal of the research, which is to discover that art concerned with re-evaluating the relationship to the environment and spirituality can serve to connect people to one another, and to the environment. The context of the research is the contemporary ecological and spiritual crisis of the postmodern world. The background places the discussion within the contexts of modernism and postmodernism. The historical background focuses on the period from the 1960s to the present day. Land and Environmental artists who work in a manner that is conscious of environmental issues and who suggest a sacred and creative attitude to ecology are discussed. My own creative work which is a response to both ancient and contemporary sites as well as to contemporary theories of art and spirituality is discussed. The four projects, are discussed in chronological order, they are: Quest - A journey into Sacred Space; Gaika's Kop - Sacred Mountain; Labyrinth - Journeys to the Centre; and Transforming the Centre. The conclusion shows that the multi-faceted, intertextual and relativistic philosophy of postmodernism has brought about a significant change in the attitude of humanity towards the environment. Artists who reject the modernist aesthetic and philosophy are making art that emphasises relationship to, rather than separation from the natural world.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:This research project is in partial fulfilment (30%) of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Fine Art
Uncontrolled Keywords:art installations, 20th century modern art, nature, aesthetics
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Fine Art
Supervisors:Haywood, M. (Prof.)
ID Code:157
Deposited By: Rhodes Library Archive Administrator
Deposited On:15 Nov 2005
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:17
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