ANTHROPOCENE

OVERVIEW

ANTHROPOCENE:

the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

— Definition from Oxford Languages

 

Economic and technological advancements of the last century have come at a cost. In exhausting our planet’s natural resources, our markets and societies destroy the fundamental constructs of civilization. The catastrophic effects of extreme disasters are exacerbated by climate change and by our lack of action in combating environmental issues. From plummeting biodiversity and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet to the prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa, the devastating Australian wildfires, and the tropical storms that demolished areas of Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific, the horrors of (un)natural disasters are evident. Millions of people suffer from what is being described as the world’s first “climate change-induced famine” — this environmental pandemic threatens our very existence as it impacts on our rights to food, water, housing and livelihoods.

2021-22 Magazine Publication

Fine Art Gallery

Musical Composition

WaterRyogo Katahira
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Artist Statement:

This piece represents a story I’ve written. In the story, the water is not generated naturally due to all the climate change and the environmental destruction. While the institutions that “make” water increase disparity among population, the main characters look for the way to live and to find a solution…
I tried to put the feelings about water that we wouldn’t feel now to the piece; they are such as excitement, cruelty, anxiety and hope. Although the overall atmosphere is positive, there are negative sounds under the positive sounds. I hope that it will encourage some of you to rethink the value of water and our behavior toward the climate and its crisis.

Work Series

Moments Throughout Life

Painting Series by Liya Serikova

For several years I have been living alone, on another continent, where there is no language and no culture I know. My motivation was that I wanted to feel at home again and to touch not just through a picture but through something deeper. By painting landscapes, I created a connection that resembles a telephone at the two ends of a tube. Having finished the picture, I finally heard the answers to my questions.

My works that I have been painting for a long time. Beautiful and memorable moments of nature that seemed genuinely inspiring. I hope that you will find a piece of your home in each of the works because each of them is a piece of what I call home, homeland, and life.

Studies of Flight

Painting Series by Grace Gates

Each painting is a representation of one of the four forces of flight: lift, weight, drag, and thrust. On one of the first days of class, when we watched the PBS documentary on the “Masters of the Sky” I was inspired by the striking images of swans taking off on water. For my lift themed painting I drew my inspiration from that specific scene. For thrust painting I thought of doing a rocket ship taking off. It is the first example of thrust I think of because the amount of force a rocket needs to get into space is incredible and it is unlike any other example of thrust. For weight, I did a painting of a person underwater. To me, being underwater can feel like you are being weighed down but it also gives the sensation of being weightless. Lastly, for my drag painting I did a tree swaying in the wind. The wind is dragging the tree backwards. You can find flight in everything: animals, humans, technology, and nature!

Mariposa

Fashion Design by Alice Wang

Holding the idea of only living once, exchange the innocent and childish for something romantic, like how a butterfly leaves the cocoon, flaps its wings, and leaves a trace before it eventually disappears in the broad scheme of time. The metamorphic cycle of butterflies—from caterpillar to chrysalis to a butterfly migrating miles from home, there is such unique beauty in the phenomenons of our natural world. Beautiful experiences are fleeting while consequences of man made disasters prevail over time. However, even after all the destruction, I believe there will come a time where we re-examine our origins and pull back on our exploitation to appreciate the evanescent nature of our surroundings.