Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Fine Arts


Fine Arts

Major Professor

Ariya Martin

Second Advisor

Anthony Campbell

Third Advisor

Anna Mecugni


Responding to the current state of the world and the cataclysmic events that are shaping it, through photography and installation Rene Merino takes the viewer to Mardi Gras in the midst of a pandemic, on a world tour when travel was forbidden, and into the study of a searcher for the possibly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker. The body of work, which utilizes digital and analog photographic methods and installation practices, highlights the precarious state of life on earth, yet offers hope that humanity can maneuver away from the edge of calamity. Mardi Gras 2021 is comprised of black and white silver gelatin photographs, World Tour 2020 is a series of large, digital color photographs originally published as a book of postcards, and The Searcher’s Study (2022) is a room-sized installation that includes six black and white silver gelatin photographs, archival video, furniture, books, maps, and other items.


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