Kimia R. Shahi

Kimia Shahi is a PhD student in the Department of Art & Archaeology. She studies the history of American art with a particular interest in the intersections between 19th century landscape painting and changing cultural, political and scientific attitudes towards geography, nature and the environment. Her developing research has increasingly focused on the relationship between landscape and water, specifically in relation to how regions such as coasts, waterways and wetlands have historically challenged modes of representation and knowledge production including painting, cartography, textual description and scientific surveys. Kimia is also currently contributing research to the upcoming exhibition Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, which will examine for the first time how American artists have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding while participating in the emergence of a modern ecological consciousness, opening in 2018 at the Princeton University Art Museum.