Researcher ORCID Identifier
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Char Miller IV
Kali D Tindell-Griffin
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.
Tindell-Griffin, Kali, "Disaster Art" (2022). Pomona Senior Theses. 255.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.