I have had a few weeks to work on the goals I set for myself, and at this point I feel I have successfully addressed both of them. I would say both of my goals are ongoing though, and even though I’ve worked on both, they are goals I should continue working on until the end of the semester and over the summer. For my first goal I made a google doc consolidating all the resources related to my concentration that I’ve found since ENVS 220, and this is certainly a document I should continue adding to as new resources and information come up. For my second goal I decided to formulate some research questions I could use for my senior capstone proposals. I have done this, but still want to continue tweaking these questions, as nothing is set in stone yet.
Along the lines of my concentration, all of my capstone research questions I’ve brainstormed so far relate to land art. The three I’ve decided to use so far for my proposals are “Is Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty environmental,” “do Earthworks cause a significant amount of quantifiable ecological and environmental damage,” and “how has the practice of aquatic eco art developed.” My first question feels very strong. It is specific and answerable. My second question I believe needs a bit more work, as this is a difficult question to answer and quantify, and I am still thinking about how I can further develop this question to strengthen it. For my third question, I think it is specific and answerable in the context of the proposal, but I’m not sure if this is the question I’m most interested in investigating in terms of aquatic eco art. I have a strong interest in freshwater ecology and functional art, and know I want to write a proposal related to these topics and how they intersect, but I still have not entirely figured out what specifically I most want to ask about this topic. It is definitely interesting to explore how many environmental artists have started to work more functionally in the past few decades, especially considering environmental art really kicked off with the 60’s and 70’s movement of Earthworks, which were primarily only concerned with the aesthetics of the landscape, and not even related to environmental activism, but I think I want to get a little more in depth. There’s a lot of directions I could take with aquatic eco art, and I want to find the topic within this field that excites me the most.