Some of the Most Amazing Scenery Known to Man
Katie Barrie (BFA 2011)
Years spent camping and hiking in the wilderness across the United States has led me to consider landscapes in new waysÑparticularly land management, park infrastructure, and the ways in which humans have curated public land to fit their needs. Yosemite is known for Half Dome as much as its summertime traffic jams; the Grand Canyon now hosts a glass floor pavilion; and more than two dozen national monuments are currently under review to see if they may be better used for logging and mining. I am intrigued by what areas are slotted for development, what land is seen as a landmark, and what is given the gift of being labeled "wilderness". My practice is a meditation on the history of America’s wild lands and the structures, both organic and manmade, found within them.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.