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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Nelleke Beltjensen
dc.contributor.authorBerg, Shannon Cherieen
dc.description.abstractI am interested in the interaction of the cultural and natural landscape and how we perceive it, due to my experiences working for the Forest Service as a wildland firefighter. I use basic techniques of cartography and other processes used to study the earth to explore one small irrelevant place - a small crack in my concrete driveway. I use the crack in my driveway as a case study or metaphor for larger places of the earth. Through materials such as mylar, colored pencil and ink, I create visual abstractions of the crack in my driveway. Unlike a true map, I do not reference the scale of the works allowing them to resemble large or small places of the earth. The scale on a map indicates the relationship between a certain distance on the map and the actual distance on the ground. When in the gallery the viewer sees large-scale topographical drawings and diagrams resembling rivers, canyons, mountain peaks, valleys, fault lines etc. Other works are abstractions of colored-shapes that create patterns, a concrete cube - the volume of the crack, perspective drawings and diagrams. But like a map, the viewer is only able to process the information through the translations I have made of the space.en
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architectureen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2010 by Shannon Cherie Bergen
thesis.catalog.ckey1606705en, Graduate Committee: Rollin Beamish; Dean Adams; Regina Geeen

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