Hood, bronze, straw wattle, inkjet prints, 2016
Exhibited at The Soap Factory’s 4th Midwest Biennial, Superusted, curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, Minneapolis, MN, and UICA, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Geotextiles are deployed to shore up the land in areas that have been stripped of their original plant matter and soil, common around highway expansion and construction sites. The geotextiles are filled with non-invasive, non-native materials such as coconut fiber (shipped from Sri-Lanka to the Midwest), wood shavings, and “clean”, seedless straw. The mesh holding the organic matter takes longer to decay than its counterparts, so empty clumps of it are readily visible along highways. Mass-produced, environmentally “corrective” products, in spite of our best intentions, are complicit in the problem of unsustainability.
In Hood, a bronze version of a deconstructed straw wattle suggests the head of an emptied scarecrow, the hoods used on war detainees at Abu Ghraib, or the hoods of the KKK. The decapitated wattle functions as a human trophy in our war with the Earth.