Artistic Social Practice Fellow
Environmental Resilience Institute
IU Office: Fine Arts 410
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
As the fellow of artistic social practice, Maria Whiteman will continue her current work by exploring the anthropogenic landscape, ecology, microclimates and ecosystems. The fundamental questions for Whiteman are in the areas of art, ecology and climate change, which is an increasingly important focus of environmental and ecological art. Whiteman employs large format digital photography, as well as video, installation art and photo-essays. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master of fine arts degree from Pennsylvania State University in visual art and mixed media. Her videos “Mountain Pine Beetle” and “Roadside Kestrel” were shown at the Sundance: Houston Cinema Arts Festival. "Touching" and "Loved you right up to the end" were exhibited in the Urban Video Project “Between Species” at Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York. In addition to her studio work, Whiteman has published critical texts in Public: Art/Culture/Ideas, Minnesota Review and Antennae, as well as an essay in Environmental Humanities.
Environmental chasms: humans/ecosystems and natural environments - This project reimagines the idea of past, present and post-natural ecologies. Through Whiteman’s art practice, she investigates what makes it possible for wildlife and environmental change to coexist. Her work, “Wildlife and Oil,” focuses on migrating birds, landscapes and ecosystems that form ways to adapt and cohabitate. Similarly, “Touching: Death,” a taxidermy of animal bodies, illustrates how empathy and mourning exemplify products of a complex temporality. The ephemerality of the animal and our own comes together briefly, but fleetingly and incompletely. The collection will outlast our individual existence, and yet we know little about the animals other than their brute physicality as objects that serve as a kind of beguiling doorway into another reality. When did they live? Where did they live? Will others like them continue to live in our climatologically damaged times? The taxidermy is no longer the animal but a reflection of a representation of something that once was.