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we make a mark and live in it

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we make a mark and live in it


we make a mark and live in it is a site specific installation grounded in the questions “how can we develop and sustain agency in the age of technology” and “what are the benefits of so doing?” It references alchemical principles and archeology and is the outgrowth of an investigative drawing practice I began two years ago.

The installation’s 100+ multicolored small objects are made from paper pulp, a markable malleable substance that I begun exploring in 2018. Their pigmentation is a reference and framework derived from alchemical theories of color and transformation. Many of them incorporate graphite, an initial and constant gesture towards mark making but also another tie to alchemy: graphite rods are used to stir melting gold.


These are experiments in what it means to step away from the false sense of security offered by computers, a sense which I think is damaging us. The risk-taking involved with actually making something (unencumbered by the defined if opaque boundaries of technology) is transformative.   The pieces range from abstract to representational: electrical plugs, alchemical symbols, good luck charms, and the delicate bones of human ears. I think of them as relics and forms: the leftovers that might remain of our civilization 200 years from now.

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all images Installation at Boston Center for the Arts, 2019. Bottom and third left to bottom images Photo Credit: Melissa Blackall.

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