Date of Project


Document Type

Honors Thesis

School Name

College of Arts and Sciences



Major Advisor

Professor Sarah Martin


“Transcendence: Exploring the connections between transgender/gender non-conforming identities and experiences of nature through art” is the written portion of a creative thesis revolving around an immersive art installation and short film. Transcendence, the installation, was created to promote connection by exploring the overlap between transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) experiences and experiences of nature. Part of this installation is a short film of interviews conducted with transgender and GNC individuals about nature, their gender experiences, and the transcendent nature of the two. The written thesis analyzes existing literature on nature as a restorative, therapeutic, spiritual setting, offers insight into the experiences of gender nonconformity, and reflects on conducting interviews for the short film and the outcomes of presenting the installation to the public.