Title page for ETD etd-06022011-105614

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kolvitz, Shannon
Author's Email Address shannonkolvitz@gmail.com
URN etd-06022011-105614
Title The Quiet
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Neff, Thomas Committee Chair
Ariaz, Jeremiah Committee Member
Arp, Kimberly Committee Member
Parker, Rod Committee Member
Zucker, Mark Committee Member
  • Architecture
  • Night
  • Panoramic
  • Vernacular
  • Ecology
Date of Defense 2011-05-11
Availability unrestricted
The Quiet is a series of photographs that focuses on nightly travels in South Louisiana and Oklahoma. The images recall my time growing up in Southwest Oklahoma through the depiction of dismal yet riveting structures. The images are based on the idea of architectural ecology― that is, the relationship of architectural structures to one another and to their surroundings.

I photograph isolated vernacular structures and pair them with other photographs to create a single panoramic image. By digitally merging complementary scenes, I create an illusion that derelict structures can exist as “neighbors.” The final results are seamless panoramic representations of scenes reminiscent of the neighboring towns and lonely streets I explored as a youth.

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