Jenifer Wightman

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Installing mud in steel and glass frames

Thanks to Arts Students League for teaching me to weld.
 

 

East River - Week 10

East River - Week 10

East River - Week 10

East River - Week 10

Gowanus Canal - Week 12

NYC Superfund Site

 

 

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Gowanus Canal Mud collection

Out collecting mud with the Gowanus Dredgers Club.
photo by Eymund Diegel
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Gowanus Canal - Day 7

NYC Superfund Site

Gowanus Canal - Day 37

NYC Superfund Site

Portraits of NYC

15"x15"x2", 5 frames for 5 waterways
Steel, glass, silicone, eggs, newspaper, chalk and mud from each waterway (Gowanus Canal, East River, Deadhorse Bay, Hudson River, Newtown Creek)
Portraits of NYC, is a survey of the microbiology that inhabit NYC waterways.
For the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency on Governors Island (August-December 2012), I built 5 steel and glass frames to hold mud and water from polluted waterways to create evolving portraits of NYC.  Each frame includes mud from one of the following: Hudson River (PCBs), Gowanus Canal (heavy metals), Deadhorse Bay (exposed landfill), East River (raw sewage), Newtown Creek (oil spill). ¬†Bacteria photosynthesize pigments and create a transforming colorfield as defined by the physical and chemical conditions of each water:mud sample.  As one species exhausts its preferred resources and dies out, another species thrives on the waste products of its predecessor.¬† Transition of color indicates ecological succession of microfauna colonizing New York City.¬†

A Selection on view:

Bronx Museum Bienniel 1285 6th ave at 52nd St, NY NY, 8am-6pm through September 20, 2013
Sarah J. Christman's Gowanus Canal short that features my Gowanus mud painting has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, September 5-15, 2013

Other works with Mud

View, 2013
Transect, 2012
Winogradsky Rothko, 2004

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