Superior Mirage is a body of work that speaks of my deep connection to place of origin and how it has shaped the way I see, think, and create art in object or written (spoken word) forms. The Great lakes area has inspired my muse for its rugged beauty and hardy souls who live, work, and, play amongst the dichotomy of nature and industry. This rugged aesthetic carries over to both the industrial giant that built this nation and the natural world of a fragile ecosystem that is in constant flux with invasive species and climate change. The balance between the economic and the environmental is very delicate because we as humans need to find viable solutions for our future generations to prosper.
This dichotomy is the catalyst for the methods of how and why I create with materials/objects of both the natural and the manufactured as I believe that they need to live in harmony with each other. This body of work is a representation of what I have experienced as a rural lake dweller that appreciates the breathtaking beauty of the natural and the power of industry.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Great Lakes (North America)--In art; Installations (Art)--Themes, motives; Installations (Art)--Technique
Fine Arts Studio (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Caswell, S, "Superior Mirage: Aesthetic Recollections of the Great Lakes" (2014). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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