Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

Fall 2022

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Advisor

Amy Schmeirbach

Abstract

The natural world has hidden wisdom and resources that are disregarded as we misuse our responsibility to care for them. The benefits of being in tune with nature have been traded for a culture that manipulates nature on the altar of expediency, waste, and unquenchable desire. Healing Sanctuary presents a duality. My work speaks about the relationship between the seen and unseen, represented by ten larger-than-life drawings of medicinal herbal plants that have had a profound physical healing effect on me. At the same time, plants, roots, and seeds create visceral metaphors for mental health. Our accomplishments, outlook on life, and behavior mostly grow from the gut-wrenching, dirty work of developing a thought life that serves us. Our mental resilience can be strengthened by "planting" various strategies beneath the surface.

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Copyright 2022 Kammy Downs


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