Title

Disaster Art

Researcher ORCID Identifier

0000-0002-1461-2177

Graduation Year

2022

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Char Miller IV

Reader 2

Tim Berg

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Kali D Tindell-Griffin

Abstract

This thesis will touch on history and relevance of disaster art through three studies. The first contextualizes the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 and the ensuing body of European artwork following that environmental disaster which temporarily painted the skies blood red and altered how artists perceived their environment. The second explores the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923 that shook the very foundations of Japan, wiping out cities and leaving a trail of pain in the form of devastating fires, mass homelessness, and community displacement. In the second study, I also write about photography during the WWII Allied air raids and consider the ethics of photography in regards to pain and consent. The final example is my experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the body of textile work I have created in response to this socio-ecological disaster of unforeseen proportions. I argue that artmaking in the time of disaster is a call to action and an avenue for imagining safe futures in hostile landscapes.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.

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