Clamshell box, Epson Color Prints, Vandercook Printing Press
Box: 8 5/8" x 9 1/4" x 1 1/8"
40 pages, artist proof
I build sculptural frames and fill them with site-specific mud, water, and microbes. Exposed to light, the microbes photosynthesize pigments. Single cells are invisible to the naked eye. However, as a species reproduces in its landscape, the collective masses of pointillist color create blocks of visible color. As one species uses up resources and releases wastes, a differently colored successor begins thriving on the wastes. Color indicates the transitions of cultures in a finite ecosystem of soil, water and sunlight.
While I make these ‘transforming colorfields’ from a variety of ecosystems, I present a clamshell box of time-lapse photographs taken of mud collected from the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site. Here, we witness that the underbelly of NYC is alive and thriving, metabolizing wastes to make a beautiful livelihood. To see the Gowanus canal mud, click here.
Winogradsky Rothko, 2004
Addendum, 2014 to present
winning TITLE, 2015