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THE ARTSPicturing Land and Water
goodineWATER & LAND: As a Fulbright Scholar in India, Goodine will use photography and other media to explore the tension between modern land and water use and ancient traditions. (Photo: Courtesy of Linda Adele Goodine ’80)

Over a 30-year period, Linda Adele Goodine ’80 has developed a national and international reputation for her performative photography—work that draws on her training not only in photography, but also in installation art, dance, video, and sound art.

Goodine has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to India to complete a photographic series exploring the tension between modern land and water use and ancient culture and tradition.

Over a two-year period, Goodine will record in still photography, sound, and video the transition from the dry season to the monsoon season at the junction of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers.

Her latest project flows naturally out of previous bodies of work reflecting on the manipulation of the natural environment in the service of commerce. Works such as The Baler (above, right), carried out in New Zealand, explored “the remaking of the contemporary material world through the metaphor of sustainable farming.” Perigee Moon (top) was part of a series recording environmental change in the Florida Everglades that Goodine—invoking Henry David Thoreau—says has resulted in “an erosion of modern man’s fantasy and search for an ideal nature.”

Goodine, who studied with the late photographer Roger Mertin at Rochester, spent 25 years at Indiana University/Purdue University’s Herron School of Art and Design—where she last held the title Chancellor’s Professor of Art—before being named the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design in 2015.

—Karen McCally ’02 (PhD)