Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Trees and wood: Our relationship with them
by Ohm, Matthew R., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 4; 1472349
Abstract (Summary)

From the removal of weeds to the annihilation of entire ecosystems, we are constantly shaping our environment, and trying to manipulate the natural world around us. As humans, we are constantly managing nature, trying to get nature to work for us within certain limits. In our daily lives, we are constantly removing, refining and enhancing nature, almost as if there is a fear of letting it do its own thing without our interference. We are most comfortable looking at nature in nice, neat little boxes, but in this way are not looking at "first nature," we are looking at refined, acceptable nature. Today I see a disconnection in society from the process of turning living trees into wood. Wood is seen as a plastic material; one that comes in rectilinear shapes and sizes and is bought at your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowe's. The idea that wood is seen as a material and there is not much thought as to where it comes from is very interesting to me. My work is currently about trees, and their separation as living things from the material that we harvest from them. Sometimes this idea manifests itself as the language our society uses to describe our trees as merely raw material for our use.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rose, Fred
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts, Environmental philosophy
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Publication Number: 1472349
ISBN: 9781109472639
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