Title page for ETD etd-04122007-151353

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Greathouse, Lauren Q.
Author's Email Address lqgphoto@gmail.com
URN etd-04122007-151353
Title Hallowed Halls: Abandoned Schools of Louisiana
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Michael Book Committee Chair
Ed Smith Committee Member
Leslie Koptcho Committee Member
Melody Guichet Committee Member
Thomas Neff Committee Member
  • abandoned schools
  • morganza high school
  • julius freyhan high school
  • labarre elementary
  • photography
  • louis armstrong elementary
  • lawless high school
Date of Defense 2007-04-12
Availability unrestricted
"Hallowed Halls: Abandoned Schools of Louisiana" is an exploration of the remnants found in vacant educational institutions around the state. With the use of color and black and white images, I deal with my own memories of grade school by recreating the vibrancy and color I remember with the poignancy of those things and places that remain.

These objects and spaces speak of an interaction with society and emit a history of the complex relationship between people, and the places and things that were once a part of their lives. The images are meant to suggest a contrast between what were once bustling hallways and cafeterias and the now eerily and empty spaces that are coated with sickening layers of dust and mildew.

The black and white and color images are not meant to juxtapose each other, but to coexist, fill in where the other cannot. The color images remind the viewer of the vibrancy these schools once had; bright colored lunch trays, orange desk chairs, green chalkboards and the roll down maps where each continent is defined by its own bold hue. The black and white images suggest the more desolate side of abandonment. The monochromatic palette depicts the more institutional feel of each environment and the images become less nostalgic but more disturbing. They remind the viewer that though these were once lively places for children to grow and learn, they now contain only remnants of their past.

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