Invasive Species (2000- )
is a work
in progress that portrays technology
as the corridor leading us into the next mass extinction.
The visual model is a multi-layered assemblage that wraps its way around the
room with only the frame of the gallery entrance(s) disrupting its course.
These void(s) are filled each time someone enters or leaves the gallery,
providing imagery of global movement and the mingling of eco-systems.
Details of the installation include:
The corridor is a continuous run of angle iron that supports the
panels to the wall and to each other. Fused into this route are framed
sections of concrete meshing, expanded metal, filter screen,
etc. Using materials fundamental in modern land conversion to outline the
zoning of a landscape, creates destination points that the corridor runs
through. The work includes representation of
rural, urban and industrial zones.
The windows are rectangular layers of glass
set in a wooden frame and
bound in steel strapping with thousands of screws. The middle layer of glass
is shattered, and a sprinkling of genetically modified canola and noxious
weed seeds cover the shards and fall into the cracks. The screws and steel
strapping represent our attempts in controlling these species through
chemical and biological
means. The broken glass reveals that global change is irreversible. These,
stacked upon each other like the windows in a computer, define an invasive
species as the consequence of technology.
The purpose of this work is to illustrate the way in which our world is
evolving: as our bio-diversity diminishes with each extinction, each hole is
filled with an invasive species.
-Vernon Public Art
Vernon, BC, Canada
Castlegar, BC, Canada
-Grand Forks Art
Grand Forks, BC,
-Nelson Public Art
Nelson, BC, Canada
Kaslo, BC, Canada
-Fernie Arts Station
-Golden Art Gallery