Image and Discursive Landscape: Reflections on Iconic Land Art of the American West

  • Kaitlin Pomerantz
Keywords: landscape, 70s


The writer, a interdisciplinary visual artist focusing on landscape and land use, took a trip in the fall of 2016 through various iconic land art sites with Texas Tech University’s Land Arts of the American West program. Immersive engagement with sites such as Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1968) and Michael Heizer’s Double Negative (1969-70) offered the opportunity to reflect—critically and experientially—on the ways that the land artists’ speculations on natural history and humanity’s experience of landscape resonate both with the planned degradation of the sites, and our new, more fraught relationship to environmental change.

Author Biography

Kaitlin Pomerantz

Kaitlin Pomerantz is a visual artist, writer and educator based in Philadelphia. Her interdisciplinary work explores transitional landscape, land use, and the relationship between humans and nature. Pomerantz has recently participated in place-based residencies including Land Arts of the American West (Texas and South West USA), Cabin Time (Sierra Nevadas) and Lugo Land (Lugo, Italy). She has most recently shown work at Sierra Nevada College, Nevada; Texas Tech Museum, Lubbock, Texas; Fjord Gallery and Little Berlin, Philadelphia. Pomerantz was part of Philadelphia’s public art festival, Monument Lab, for which she did a project about stoops. Pomerantz is co-facilitator of the botanical arts project, WE THE WEEDS and an editor at Title Magazine. She received her BA in art history from University of Chicago, a post-baccalaureate certificate in painting from Pafa, and her MFA in interdisciplinary visual art from University of Pennsylvania. She has taught and lectured at Pafa, Moore College of Art, University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College.

Kaitlin Pomerantz est artiste visuelle, auteure, et éducatrice basée à Philapdelphie. Son travail interdisciplinaire explore le paysage traditionnel, l’utilisation du terrain et la relation entre les humains et la nature. Pomerantz a récemment participé à des résidences sur site tels que Land Arts of the American West (au Texas et dans le sud-ouest des Etats-Unis), Cabin Time (Sierra Nevada), et Lugo Land (à Lugo en Italie). Plus récemment elle a exposé des oeuvres au Sierra Nevada College dans le Nevada, au Texas Tech Museum de Lubbock au Texas, à la Fjord Gallery et à Little Berlin à Philadelphie. Pomerantz a fait partie du Monument Lab au festival d’art public de Philadelphie pour lequel elle a réalisé un projet sur les vérandas. Pomerantz est co-animatrice du projet d’art botanique, WE THE WEED et éditrice à Title Magazine. Elle a reçu sa license en histoire de l’art à l’Université de Chicago, un certificat post-baccalauréat en peinture de Pafa et son MFA en art visuel interdisciplinaire de l’Université de Pennsylvanie. Elle a enseigné et donné des conférences à Pafa, au Moore College of Art, à l’Université de Pennsylvanie et à Haverford College.

How to Cite
Pomerantz, K. (2018). Image and Discursive Landscape: Reflections on Iconic Land Art of the American West. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 9(1), 109-113.