Elizabeth O’Guin (American, b. 1999) investigates the various relationships between humans and the natural world. As a starting point for creating work, she examines her personal archive of imagery from memories and experiences with nature’s elements. She encourages viewers to reminisce on their own interactions within nature when engaging her work, as the viewer’s memories and experiences mesh, connect, and overlap with hers. She is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga working towards a BFA in Photography and Media Art.
Her current body of work titled Landscape and Longing involves a large collection of archived images, research, and writing that compiles evidence of a tender relationship between the Earth and its people. The installation on view includes a book, a large-scale collage version of the series, and other elements directly from nature. O’Guin is completing her BFA in Photography and Media Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her work is on view in the 2021 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art at UTC, and was most recently on view in the Annual Juried Student Exhibition at the Cress Gallery at UTC in 2019.