Fragile ecologies exist in delicate balance all around us. We live and breath, co-existing in relation to other living organisms. The health of ecosystems and their necessary robustness in sustaining the well-being of all species on this planet is frequently taken for granted. This installation presents birds as a visual metaphor for fragility. Hand cast and altered, hollow form, porcelain birds suspended over skeletal remains and other found as well as fractured remnants form a fictional ecosystem. White birds, floating in air, shadows and reflected light juxtaposed with reclining specimens. Silent memorials. The viewer is invited to contemplate the installation as a symbol of the intricate and vulnerable balance existing within the stunningly complex web of earth’s living organisms.
“We travel together as passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and I’ll say the love we give our fragile craft.”
— Adlai Stevenson
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction”
— Rachel Carson
The Survivors Project A collaborative installation engaging the theme of cancer survival. Participants include persons whose lives are touched by the disease, individual patients, caregivers and supporters are the makers of one-of-a–kind, hand cast shells, modular components combined to form the installation structure. These translucent shells contain objects created or appropriated and assembled to make a visual statement about the cancer experience. The work, installed in the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion lobby, reveals personal responses to the disease in a public context at a site where treatment occurs. The element of light, integrated through placement of this installation in relationship to windows, functions as a powerful metaphor. Accompanying the installation is a book of participants’ reflective statements. Viewers are invited to consider themes related to the experience of cancer, treatment, and healing from the inside out.