Location: Bowdoin / Coastal Studies Center / Student Research / Summer 2011 / Rachel McDonald '12

Coastal Studies Center

Rachel McDonald '12


Advisor: Meggan Gould, Award: Rusack Fellowship
Project: Light and Water as Both Subject and Medium in Portraying Maine’s Coast

Two of the most significant forces at play on the coast, that frame and enliven the environment, are light and water. They are constantly shifting, affecting their surroundings and interacting with each other in various ways based on the time of day, the weather, and the time of year. In this project, I hope to observe, discover, and depict how these key but ever-changing elements shape the coastal environment as well as the people interacting with it. I propose to do so by exploring light and water as both the subjects of my art and as parts of the artistic process of portraying them. To do so I will combine the photographic process of “cyanotyping” with watercolor painting.


Pecha Kucha

These presentations are in PechaKucha format. PechaKucha is Japanese for ‘chit-chat’. It is a presentation methodology devised in 2003 in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The slides auto advance to keep the presentations concise and quick paced. Each presentation is (about) 6 minutes and 40 seconds long.
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