Date of Award

Spring 4-8-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History

First Advisor

Patricia Yu


This project investigates the works of two contemporary artists living and working in China, Cai Guo-Qiang and Yang Yongliang, and how their work is considering and responding to greater processes of climate change and environmental destruction. I center my discussion around the city of Shanghai, connecting the physical landscape and the city's history to my discussion of their works. In the first half of the project, I explore Cai Guo-Qiang's exhibition, The Ninth Wave, to understand why the connections between artistic intent, viewer reception, and eco-art do not always line up neatly. In the second half, I focus on Yang Yongliang's work and how the concept of apocalypse in his photo-collages is understood by him as an industrial process that can rapidly and drastically change the landscape.

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