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wanda j. pearcy / assistant professor / university of minnesota / art + design / 317 humanities / 1201 ordean court / duluth, mn / 55807


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I am interested in using artistic practice as a vehicle for transformation.  The subjects I am most drawn to are organic processes such as: seasons, weather, aging, death, dirt-life, plan-tlife, decay and regeneration, i.e. organic life ... that is in a continual state of flux.    When comparing the human body I see similar processes that suggest we are not separate from the organic state of flux, but a living product of it.  My work explores this connection between the human experience and the land to include the affect of human activity on the land.  My desires for change are channeled through the subjects I focus on, as I explore the ramifications of what this means to me, to be a living part of the landscape.  This brings up questions like:  what does it mean to ‘feed’ me; and therefore what does it mean to ‘feed’ the land?  My goal is to actively examine my values and dreams, become them in my work, and use photography to integrate those values and dreams into a cultural critique. I seek a life where I am creatively employed to connect with the natural world, bring about connection that is symbiotic and regenerative, a connection that includes a cyclical way of behaving and understanding myself within the environment. I see the human animal, as a participant in the regenerative process of the global ecological system.