undergraduate thesis

fragments.

When humans interact with the natural landscape, they leave trace. We leave trace regardless of location or attempts at preservation. This series of images documents both the ‘untouched’ natural landscape and traces of human intervention in the Porcupine Mountains: a state park and its surrounding area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. During the past two years, a mining company has been drilling within the boundaries of the state park to assess the viability of copper deposits for commercial extraction and use. Extensive logging of hemlock forests also dominates the area outside the park. These still images, hung in a manner reminiscent of trees in a forest, are paired with a video juxtaposing beautiful natural landscapes with those heavily scarred by human trace. Through these two methods of image-making, my work calls into question the necessity of human interventions in the natural landscape and confronts the viewer with the destructive potential of human trace.

installation view