I was just writing to Shado, trying to explain the latest blueprint of my thesis. My little description ended up making a lot of sens to me, so I'll go ahead and re-post it here in my own LJ.
As each day goes by, I’m becoming more and more of an aquAmateur, of a water wonderer. And the seriousness of our current water crisis scares me and incites me to action. So my thesis is about the aquatic....imagine that : )
My writings are very much connected with WaterWays, as I’m documenting the various ways that we imagine water. In my thesis, I’m looking at many different aquatic images so as to understand the relationship that we’ve engendered with water. These aquatic images include bottled water, dams, purification/cleansing, narcissism, primordial water, maternal/feminine water, plumbing, H2O, etc. And our relationship with water, I’m arguing, is one of control, domination, abstraction, neglect, and forgetfulness.
We’ve forgotten the meaningful depths of liquidy water.
We’ve neglected the mysterious fogs of airy water.
We’ve become tolerant of the gentle burning of fiery water.
We’ve overlooked the everyday presence of earthy water.
What I’m attempting to do with my thesis is help us improve our current relationship with water, help us awaken a deeper relationship that we can have with the powerful wet stuff of water. This awakening calls for aquatic artwork, liquid language, a water mindset, and a new water ethic. I want to help us all experience the hydrological interconnections of the world. I want to help us encounter water in all of its meanings, in all of its mysterious flux. I want to help our actions more brilliantly reflect the actions of water.