A headshot of Ph.D. candidate Cindy Veloric.
Student

PhD

PhD candidate Cindy Veloric is an art historian, an environmentalist and a researcher in American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Immersion opened up new channels of unexpressed thought, feelings and words; these unanticipated gifts led to a new and improved version of myself.

Dissertation

"Images, Embodied Experiences, Theater: How ecoartists are influencing consciousness around climate change"

Given our myriad environmental crises due to climate change and the inability of scientific data and journalism to convey its urgency, great numbers of artists have been stepping up to communicate the problems and offer solutions. I’m investigating the possibilities and strengths of different artistic media and approaches in affecting the public’s perceptions and providing new epistemologies of climate change. Focusing on four highly visible contemporary practices, I will analyze how their art stimulates emotions, the senses, and ambiguity in the brain, using theories from neuroscience and psychology. How do these artists engage with the Anthropocene, hyperobjects, and the nature/culture network in ways that make us care? How do images, embodied experiences, and theater work as rhetorical agents that cause us to question our ethics and consumer behaviors?

Committee

Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum

Finis Dunaway, Professor of History, Trent University

Publications

"Aesthetic and Industrial Rupture in the Work of Edward Burtynsky and Justin Brice Guariglia," Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism

"Science, Sensibility and Metaphor in the Coral Reef Artwork of Diane Burko," Ocean Archive

"Joan Jonas, Moving Off the Land II: A consideration of 'strange strangers'," Ocean Archive