Questions to Topic Sentence


  • Conquest of nature.
  • Resource depletion, focusing on deforestation.
  • Animal extinction, focusing on birds. Contrast global with local representations of animal extinction, i.e. birds (global) and Maui Dolphin (local)?
  • Industrialisation, focusing on the coal industry.
  • Western vs. Indigenous worldviews, particularly focusing on their views on the environment and the effects they have caused.
  • Historical vs. contemporary artworks.
  • Ideology (links in with contrasting Western and Indigenous worldviews).



Fig. 1. Heaphy, C. (1839). Kauri Forest Wairoa River. Oil on Canvas. Retrieved from

I will use figure 1  to represent resource depletion, with a focus on deforestation.

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Fig. 2. Monet. (1875). Unloading Coal. Oil on Canvas. Retrieved from|search|6|All20Collections3A20monet2C20unloading20coal|Filtered20Search|||type3D3626kw3Dmonet2C20unloading20coal26geoIds3D26clsIds3D26collTypes3D26id3Dall26bDate3D26eDate3D26dExact3D26prGeoId3D26origKW3D

I will use figure 2 to write a visual analysis to support my key point of industrialisation, focusing on the coal industry. This will be my one visual text from Mirzoeff’s chapter.


Fig. 3. Magee, F. Vulture. Spray paint. Retrieved from

Figure 3 will be used for my paragraph on animal extinction, with a focus on birds. This work is a contemporary piece which will ensure I have a glance of historical and contemporary artwork in my essay.


  1. Industrialisation: Coal Industry.
  2. Resource Depletion: Deforestation.
  3. Species Extinction: Birds.



  • How has the coal industry affected the environment over time?
  • How has industrialisation become an effect of the conquest of nature?


  • How has resource depletion changed over time, 19th century compared to the 21st century?
  • How different are Western and Indigenous worldviews on resources and how they are used?
  • What are the benefits and disadvantages of resource depletion, focusing on deforestation?


  • What human impacts have a negative effect on animals, causing animal extinction?
  • How does global animal extinction compare with local (NZ) animal extinction? Provide examples.



  • Industrialisation, particularly the coal industry has continued to affect the environment since the 18th century due to the carbon dioxide gas that is produced.


  • Resource depletion, particularly deforestation is viewed differently by the Western world and the Indigenous world.


  • Human impacts on the environment continue to have a negative impact on animals, therefore eventually resulting in species extinction.

BLOG POST: Draft Introduction

In this analytical essay, I will discuss some of the different ways artists and designers produce work to draw attention to the negative impacts on the environment, caused by human actions. Mirzoeff proposes that western cultures, in particular, have had a preoccupation with the ‘conquest of nature’. (Mirzoeff 220). The term, conquest of nature, is used to represent human actions on the environment, and how many humans are oblivious to the extent in which the environment is suffering. I will discuss three ways that humans are contributing to the conquest of nature. These three ideas are industrialisation, species extinction, and resource depletion. I will compare and contrast historical and contemporary artworks which draw attention to these ideas, as well as western and indigenous world views.


I plan to use this paragraph as a draft for my essay introduction as it explains the essay question, states my three ideas, describes the term ‘conquest of nature’, and states the contrast between western and indigenous views as well as contemporary and historical artworks.


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