I am fascinated by the similarities of art, technology, and nature. Thinking about process-oriented exploration naturally lends itself to a metaphor about growth and adaptation. When visiting spaces that showcase art or botanical life we are told to look but not touch. We are taught that we will negatively impact a plant or a painting by manipulating it. My intention is not to discard the established etiquette of art and nature spaces. There are important reasons for these rules: A painting will deteriorate with the slightest touch or even if exposed to the wrong light, and a plant will die if over watered. Instead I am questioning conventions about the human’s relationship to art and the human’s relationship to nature. Maybe not all art loses vitality when you touch it, and maybe there are ways to interact with our ecological environment without destroying it
Placing your hand on the sensor box adds a new star to the night sky. The star you add will twinkle in relation to your heart beat. Each star represents the unique pulse of the person that gave it life.
My grandparents and role models both died on July 9 or different years. My grandma, Denise Forte died of lung cancer on July 9, 2011. My grandpa, Oscar Bernal died in a motorcycle accident on July 9, 2016. This sculpture was made by Denise. The only change I made was a light bulb replacement. I switched the old, burnt out bulb for a new red one that illuminates any time “Denise” or “Oscar” is tweeted. This documentation is from February 18, 2018.
It takes two to search for a corresponding love. Find a partner to lend you a hand and bring this tree of hearts to life.
Although succulents are drought resistant plants they become more vibrant after a rainfall. Each succulent in this display is checking the forecast for a different city. The succulent will twinkle when there is rain in the week’s forecast of its respective city.
Stills from Morning Glory, 2018. An homage to Natalie Brettschneider’s performance of Morning Glories. A glove with LED morning glory fingers. When different fingers are pointed up or down the morning glories will change colors.
To see the roots entangling one must approach carefully. If you are spotted looking on, these flowers will become startled and retract their roots. If you wait awhile and stand very still you may witness the regrowth of the roots and the entanglement of the sweethearts.
Here, the light is a tool of the hand. See how your hand across the leaves effects this echeveria succulent.
An egg is a container for an embryo. It develops life inside itself. After an egg is cracked it may be used effectively used as a planter for a seedling. Eggshells are uniquely able to kickstart the life of an organism that feeds on organic matter and then host the early life of the organic matter that feeds its former tenant.
People only visit the cactus when he bears his fruit, and this has left him feeling bitter and prickly. If you press a button he will tell you what is on his mind, but I would not be surprised if he does not have the kindest words to offer.
Each flower in this bed is spinning in unison with the others. A visitor may approach the work and press to stop them in order to see their message.