multiple videos of various loop lengths
recycled glass, acrylic, plant specimens, and video projections
This project was funded by a grant from NM Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs, that brought attention to non-indigenous invasive plants that are proliferating throughout the US, taking over native habitats. Many plants are disrupting the structure and stability of native plant communities and degrading native wildlife habitat by outcompeting and replacing native species, interfering with natural aquatic systems, depleting sources of water, damaging the soil, and increasing the frequency, intensity, and effects of fire and flood.
Encapsulated plant material was placed in the gallery to give viewers a sense of scale and urgency. Projected images of invasive non-indigenous species were projected on towers of cracked and bubbled recycled glass in order to portray symbolically the vulnerability of water and soil systems, native environments, wildlife habitat, and vanishing species due to the spread of these plants.The fragility of the water-like glass combined with the denseness of plant material portrayed in the video— along with the actual plant material in encapsulated environments— were metaphors urging man to become more aware of the environment, individually and on a global scale. The components of the glass towers were fabricated by the artists with Stacey Neff at the NM Experimental Glass Workshop.