Humans Shifting Connection to Nature Through Art

Humans Shifting Connection to Nature Through Art



Julia Ann Rice


Presentation: 9:30-11:00, Kennedy Union 331



In this work, I will show the continually changing roles that nature has played in art. In various periods the value of nature as an ideal of beauty has shifted dramatically in relation to the cultural conditions. Prehistoric cave paintings introduce utility in art and the utility of nature in art. Greek art demonstrates the human-created notion of beauty as it stands in nature. European Impressionists shifted from the natural beauty of the world and focused on man-made industrialization and urbanization, while Americans created visual expressions of nature as part of manifest destiny. Post World War One humanity is faced with the desolation and destruction of nature and contemporary artists face climate change and the effects of our neglectful relationship with nature. While all these factors are inherently inseparable from their perspective contextual connection, they can create a path through Western histories toward contemporary environmental stewardship.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Judith L. Huacuja

Primary Advisor's Department

Art and Design


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

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Humans Shifting Connection to Nature Through Art