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The Ethics of Earth Art$
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Amanda Boetzkes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665884

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665884.001.0001

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Facing the Earth Ethically

Facing the Earth Ethically

(p.181) Conclusion Facing the Earth Ethically
The Ethics of Earth Art

Amanda Boetzkes

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter considers the incorporation of water into contemporary artistic practice, and water being the prime focus of environmental concern in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It first looks into the works of Ichi Ikeda who mobilizes water as a medium that is antithetical to permanent form. It analyzes how his works, which revolve around the topic of global water supply, show how water epitomizes an ethical paradigm by which relationships are reconfigured across geographic boundaries and national borders. It then examines the artwork of Basia Irland, who sets water in tension with written text, staging the erosion of books, as though to enact the ruination of history. It also explores the works of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, whose works create an imagination of the displacement of millions of people over the next hundred years due to flooding.

Keywords:   water, twenty-first century, Ichi Ikeda, global water supply, ethical paradigm, Basia Irland, Helen Mayer Harrison, Newton Harrison, displacement, flooding

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