This Island is Really a Desert , 2011
¨Sometimes from beyond the skyscrapers, across of thousands of high walls, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia in the middle of the night, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.¨
(American Journals,1978, Albert Camus)
With this installation I am interested in taking a commonplace material and a recognizable object such as cement sidewalks and reconfiguring new structures while manipulating another material to mimic cement. I wanted the cement pieces to appear salvaged and disjoined and create a chaotic undulation through the installation so that the microscopic worlds that are inserted would become more evident. The microscopic worlds are scaled versions of nanoscale environments that live in the cracks of sidewalks and cement structures and instead of being made from organic materials are made from plasticated materials that simulate organic forms in a rudimentary way. This choice of material is a conscious choice that reflects the idea that what is between the cracks in the urban environment may not correspond with organic material but instead reflects the manmade that is
everpresent in the urban environment.
Foam, paint, wood, plastic and lighting
14 ft x 3 ft x 12 ft (approx.)
427 cm x 91.4 cm x 366 cm (approx)