The Industrial Image: Preserving a Deteriorating Identity
Reclamation is essential in preserving the history and changing identity of America's Rust Belt. This body of work uses photography and historic events as material that can be repurposed. Imagery is preserved when fired into enameled metal surfaces. My jewelry work reflects on events that have and continue to shape the identity of Rust Belt cities. Photographers have documented industry from the height of manufacturing and into decline. When no longer used, industrial structures have two fates. If neglected their deterioration negatively impacts attitudes of the surrounding community. Repurposed factories honor the past in a post-industrial era. I cite examples of both situations and use them to illustrate the resiliency of Rust Belt communities.
Loch-Test, Sarah. (April 2016). The Industrial Image: Preserving a Deteriorating Identity (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/5337.)
Loch-Test, Sarah. The Industrial Image: Preserving a Deteriorating Identity. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, April 2016. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/5337. September 22, 2023.
Loch-Test, Sarah, “The Industrial Image: Preserving a Deteriorating Identity” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, April 2016).
Loch-Test, Sarah. The Industrial Image: Preserving a Deteriorating Identity [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; April 2016.
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