Maria Whiteman is an artistic social practice fellow at Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute. Engaging with animals, landscapes and most recently fungi, she uses multiple media including photography and video to convey the deep and intrinsic ties between humans and other living things.
As these interrelationships underlie environmental science, her goal at the Environmental Resilience Institute is to create a visual entry point for people to approach the science through a visceral, emotional experience. Whiteman’s artistic turn toward an environmental setting in which fungi play an essential role represents an acknowledgement of the irreversible changes that humans have made to the ecosystem.
Areas of Expertise
Artistic social practice.
Environmental Resilience Institute: https://eri.iu.edu/index.html Maria Whiteman’s website: http://maria-whiteman.squarespace.com/