Ecological wisdom and process management in contemporary art

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Ataturk University, Güzel Sanatlar Enstitüsü, Resim Anasanat Dalı, Turkey

Approval Date: 2021

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Gülistan KAYA

Consultant: Fevziye Eyigör Pelikoğlu


In this thesis, named "Ecological wisdom and process management in contemporary art", it is aimed to consciously grasp and comprehend the modern human's perception of nature. In the historical process, man's relationship with nature has gone through the stages of understanding nature, dominating nature and transforming nature. The reflections of human-environment integration on art have been dealt with in relation to cultural and economic factors, and the 'landscape' of the artist, which allows to understand what kind of connection it has with its environment, has been examined.

İt evaluated the genres of 'philosophical landscape', 'fantastic landscape' and 'narrative landscape' as complementary choices within the art-historical system. The ideal landscape is not included in this classification, it is assumed that 'nature' itself represents the ideal. In the context of 'Land art', 'Process art' and 'Eco-criticism', artists who have adopted ecological wisdom display an opposing attitude to the values ​​that dominate humanity, as well as influencing 'art/human nature' by questioning the possibilities that are good, true and beautiful. It has been understood that they make it visible as a reaction dialectic.

The 'eco(-nomic/logical) art' specific to modern times is the spatial descriptions and actions of a sensitive view towards nature. The (new) position of the contemporary artist as a physical being with ecological sensitivity has enabled the relationship between nature and the artist to be evaluated as a series of chemical reactions.