Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Anne West

Third Advisor

Maria Camarena


miles and miles and miles is a body of work that draws design inspiration from the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, a region unflattened by ice during the last ice age. The works are site specific extrapolations that have been abstracted in order to trigger a process of memory recollection in the viewer. Selections of atmospheric prose, furniture objects, illustrations, and imagery are presented as snapshots of a place in an attempt to memorialize and make tangible ephemeral memories collected by the maker traveling in this vast landscape. Attention is given to the distillation of form in order to contemplate its material or atmospheric essence. Carved ash and neon light intersect to call attention to the relationship between the land and the built landscape. Rather than invoke criticism, it is a celebration of the harmony and beauty that exists between nature and human-made objects, architecture, and neon signs. A design ethos reminiscent of Aldo Leopold’s ecological land ethic is established: a working ethos that deeply appreciates the subdued landscape and materiality of place.


View exhibition online: Shannon Rose Jones, miles and miles and miles



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