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Possible Futures

Possible Futures

with Alex Matzke, Tony Smith, and Josh Thorud
Sediment Arts, May 2014, Richmond, VA

Installation view of Possible Futures at Sediment Arts in Richmond

Installation view of Possible Futures at Sediment Arts in Richmond

This work seeks to understand our current human-nature ecology; a system fraught with imbalance. Through multiple experiments, processes, and positions, I hope to evoke both connectedness and urgency through a slowly rooting personal understanding that we are not separate from our environment.

"The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it , and flood the parched uplands; even this may be the eventful year, which will drown out all our muskrats. It was not always dry land where we dwell." Henry David Thoreau from Walden

Hut (1v Geodesic Dome), Exterior view, 2014, 7¼’  x 7¾’, pine struts, cedar planks, starplates, sod, foam, headphones, MP3 player, audio recordings from day and night near Monocacy River.

Hut (1v Geodesic Dome), Exterior view, 2014, 7¼’  x 7¾’, pine struts, cedar planks, starplates, sod, foam, headphones, MP3 player, audio recordings from day and night near Monocacy River.

Interior of hut.

Interior of hut.

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Installation view. 

Installation view. 

Live Onion Print, 24”x20”, 2014, undeveloped silver gelatin paper. Made with sprouting onion in jar, clamp light, and sunlight over several days.

Live Onion Print, 24”x20”, 2014, undeveloped silver gelatin paper. Made with sprouting onion in jar, clamp light, and sunlight over several days.

Beer can archaeology, cans found along Monocacy River

Beer can archaeology, cans found along Monocacy River

River soap wash tub, soap, log, tub, water, hand towel, found tire and trash, compost.

River soap wash tub, soap, log, tub, water, hand towel, found tire and trash, compost.

Detail of wash tub. Soap ingredients: Lard, Monocacy River water, lye, soil, wildflowers, foraged cider gum leaves, grass.

Detail of wash tub.

Soap ingredients: Lard, Monocacy River water, lye, soil, wildflowers, foraged cider gum leaves, grass.

Visitors washing their hands with the river soap. 

Visitors washing their hands with the river soap. 

Installation view of takeaways and photographs.

Installation view of takeaways and photographs.

Show take-aways/donation table for Sediment. Mead and river soap made in the Pollak studios at VCU. Pressure  canned photographs.

Show take-aways/donation table for Sediment. Mead and river soap made in the Pollak studios at VCU. Pressure  canned photographs.

Sod Hut, inkjet print, 16x20

Sod Hut, inkjet print, 16x20