Parallel Shores (Phase II) is an immersive Sculpture Installation that shows the transformative process of working between Gainesville and my hometown and the insights and comparisons that I make between the two places. This installation features a collection of works that consider the methods with which we explore and define natural spaces. Many were inspired by scientific processes, collection, and exploration to create a space between nature and culture.
Curiosity is at the forefront of my work. I combine voyeurism, perspective, and memories in relation to curiosity. Spaces where collections are stored, protected, categorized, and documented are of particular interest, with a focus on the museum crate, or shipping crate, as a vehicle to create works dealing with movement and the psychology of collecting. I identify with the object of the shipping crate, shipping myself between school, my hometown, and occasionally across the world has in the past made it a struggle to live in Gainesville. However, my feelings of discomfort about this place have changed drastically turned to feelings of great comfort.
This body of work reflects these ideas in the form of a series of wooden vessels, documentational tools, and manipulated natural objects that incorporate elements of the local landscape into their design. Additionally a forest of trees, vessels full of lake water, and preserved specimens are shown as a way of mapping and mindfully analyzing the environment.
Installation at Superfun! Site 2117 Sw 6th St Gainesville, FL
April 15, 2016
Tree saplings, wood, latex paint, sand, earth, coral, rocks, mylar, resin, found objects