Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rocks and Waves
by Mosher, Chelsea M., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 13; 1528000
Abstract (Summary)

The desert and the sea have a dynamic relationship in Southern California. Rocks and Waves places these two culturally loaded, regional landscapes in an intersecting photographic space. They are positioned as reflexive landscapes where they meet, adjoin, and reflect one another in pictures. With Rocks and Waves I am working to destabilize my mediated relationship to photography, in an effort to open up new subjective and conceptual inquiry. I proceed with the hunch that making pictures can both acknowledge and transcend appearances of the "scenic" and the "picturesque" and offer an analytical proposition about the physical and psychological space of landscape. This work is driven by the transformative possibilities that occur through the translation of a place from an observational space to a photographic space. In the end, this artificial merger between two landscapes is enacted to reveal new fictions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ruwecel, Mark
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Black and white, Gelatin silver, Original work, Photograms, Photography, Photography book, Photography sculpture
Publication Number: 1528000
ISBN: 978-1-303-98524-9
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