M. David Farrell, Jr. | MFA Thesis Exhibition

This work uses photography as a means to envision the mapped paths visitors choose to navigate through a specific area of constructed “natural” space, if they challenged the boundaries they are presented with in the spaces, and how those challenges are expressed. The mapping process creates a humanless landscape where light trails hover and appear transposed onto a scene. This mapping consists of ethereal streaks of light passing through the frame representing each visitors chosen path. This confluence of light trails, set against the pastoral background of the parks, offer the viewer a complex web of choices that are temporally compressed and presented simultaneously for comparison.
The other part of my thesis work looks at how the natural world is experienced in the museum setting through the artificial displays that are created. These photographs show the artifice and the un-natural elements of "natural" history. I call attention to the materials, methods, and aesthetics of the displays' construction as a means of questioning their authenticity and the intentionality of their constructors.