Art in Tough Times: From Paleolithic Cave Art to Anasazi Pictographs

Background: The first art humans ever created was made in outdoors, or rather, in Earth’s natural shelter.  This art would be cave art. Cave art is the paintings that date back to early paleolithic times, around 40,000 to 14,000 years ago.  This art has primarily been found in France, Spain, Portugal, England, Italy, Germany and…

Earthwork and Land Alterations: The Creation of the Spiral Jetty

Background: As global environmental issues gained more attention in the 20th century, and fields such as ecology and environmental science grew, new genres of contemporary and postmodern art started to reflect these emerging concerns. Under this broad genre of environmental art, are individuals who are using art to call attention to certain issues and those…

Connecting Aquatic Eco-Sculpture to the Hudson River Restoration Movement

Background: Recently I have been particularly interested in functional art, a genre which fits under the label of fine art, but serves utilitarian purposes (Allenchy).  This subject has become of interest to me because o]]><![CDATA[f this fine line that is drawn between high art and craft in such instances, but also the question of what…

Wrapping up Goal 2 for my Capstone Proposals

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…

Presenting in and Attending Festival of Scholars

I have had the fortune in the ENVS department now of presenting in Festival of Scholars two years in a row.  This is always a great experience, because it gives me a chance to practice communicating my work to people outside of my classes and in other departments.  It also is a nice conclusion to…

Accumulating knowledge and resources

(Note: Post Image found at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/environmental-art_n_5585288.html) Since I first wrote my concentration first semester of sophomore year, I have found a number of new resources and heard of various new artists.  I have discovered various links, some of which I found coincidentally surfing the internet, and some of which classmates showed me.  I’ve done research in…

Setting Goals for My Senior Capstone

This semester is coming to a close in just a few weeks, and it’s time to start preparing for both of my thesis/capstone projects for next semester.  Given that I need to submit 3 project proposals for my ENVS capstone before the end of the year I have set the following 2 goals: 1) To…

It is Always Nice to See Personal Progress.

My groups ENVS 330 project on Nuclear energy has come a long way.  We started by looking at nuclear energy in France and Germany, realized that we had a distance and language barrier that really complicated our methods (I was the only one who could read and write German and even I can’t understand spoken…

What can we learn from French Nuclear Energy about the shutdown of Diablo Canyon?

My research group is in the process right now of wrapping up our project; we’re interpreting our results and writing up our paper.  To strengthen out research with lateral and vertical comparisons, we found research articles related to nuclear energy grounded in a different situated context.  I chose to read Technical Efficiency of French Nuclear Power…

Visualizing Willapa Bay Habitats Using ArcGIS

Recently this semester in ENVS 330 my class has been studying Willapa Bay in Washington as a way to continue practicing research.  In preparation for the research proposals we are about to write, we have been discussing Willapa Bay in class in a variety of forms, such as presenting news articles, creating concept maps connecting…