Student Examples and Feedback
Material Makings in the Anthropocene, Wintersession 2022
Instructor of Record
Max Doulis (he/his)
RISD 2024, FAV + Illustration Major
2 min 16 seconds, 2022
Image stills from Continuous Cities. Click here to view full video.
Note: This video was created after Material Makings in the Anthropocene but was born from research and discussions about more-than-human perspectives.
Fungus Bag, Mushroom Death Suit
Final Project, Material Makings in the Anthropocene, 2022
Installation view, Fungus Bag, canvas, sawdust, mushroom spores, 2022
“I think so far Makings in the Anthropocene was the best class I've taken here. I loved how interdisciplinary it was; the integration of art, science, philosophy, poetry, etc was right up my alley and also probably one of the best ways to tackle the huge and complicated issue that is the climate crisis. The way we approached the subject matter, I think especially through the readings, made me really reevaluate my previous sort of doom-and-gloom position and come to it with a more hopeful or at-peace mindset.
I really enjoy assignments where there's a lot of latitude conceptually and formally but also a strong push to get to the best possible version of whatever that is. Makings in the Anthropocene had a lot of that generally, but I think the final project was maybe the most that way and the most enjoyable for me. There were a lot of really thoughtful discussions in class and I think through those we all collectively encouraged one another to make some really powerful work. My final for that class, the Fungus Bag, still holds up for me as one of, if not the, best pieces I've made conceptually.”
James Warren (he/his)
RISD 2022, Painting Major
Course: Material Makings in the Anthropocene
Instructor of Record
Final Project :
In reference to Anna Tsing’s concept of “blasted landscapes.”
Cyanotype on wood panel(left) and paper (right).
Blasted Landscapes #1, oil, acrylic, and cyanotype transfer on panel, 18”x 24”, 2022
Blasted Landscapes #2, cyanotype on paper, 18”x 24”, 2022
Blasted Landscapes #2, detail, cyanotype on paper, 18”x 24”, 2022