Alone In The Woods

Student: Ali Schade
Mentor: Jennifer Cross
Domains: Visual Arts, English, Media
Faculty Grader: Ken Sacks

Over the summer, I planned a week-long backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon. This trip was a culmination of my acquired knowledge from past hiking trips, essentially a test of my skills and comfortableness in the woods. Similar to my other trips, I documented the hike with photos from a disposable camera. For my product, I have created an installation in the gallery and Ross School woods. My wall in the gallery exhibits a huge map of America and South America collaged with pictures from my hiking trips: the Bolivia Andes, the Adirondack mountains, Utah slot canyons, Hawaii volcanoes, the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon, and childhood camping photos. My journal with short anecdotes is displayed here as well. My wall is right next to the exit, which leads into the woods where the viewers can “hike” to my installation. Hiking for me is a meditative, contemplative experience and when disconnected from the outside world, apart from modern day conveniences, totally immersed in nature, something amazing happens. I wanted to capture this feeling in my installation and have my viewers experience what I have. My installation in the woods consists of a campsite with multi medium aspects: film, sound, and pictures.

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PROCESS AND PRODUCTS:

Camp Fire Stories

Campfire Stories (Recording)

Hiking Video

What I packed for my trip on the Pacific Crest Trail

What I packed for my trip on the Pacific Crest Trail

Tracing my map onto the wall in the gallery

Tracing my map onto the wall in the gallery

Cutting, pasting, collaging

Cutting, pasting, collaging

Pasting my collage onto the wall

Pasting my collage onto the wall

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INSTALLATION AND EXHIBITION:

Video of Installation in the Woods

Final product of my short stories handwritten into this journal

Final product of my short stories handwritten into this journal

 

Gallery Installation

Gallery Installation

 

Woods Installation during the day

Woods Installation during the day

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PRESENTATION:

Presentation Video

Presentation Powerpoint

Reading Night Video

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WORKS CONSULTED:

Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print.
Muir, John, and Terry Gifford. John Muir: His Life and Letters and Other Writings. London: Bâton Wicks, 1996. Print.
Strayed, Cheryl. Wild. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Print.
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