Life of Stone

Artist Statement: The life of stone unfolds in deep time. A brief moment is visible to us when we watch rain weather boulders and ocean beat them into pebbles. Now we have added anthropogenic waste to the deep geologic time scale: plastic, styrofoam and chemical toxins. We alter the place and composition of stone, making it implicit in violence against living beings as a building material used to construct ecologically destructive dams and a  feature of violent landscape architecture. In conversation with the tensions between deep time and the present, I cast boulders placed over highway meridians to deter homeless encampments with paper waste from Lewis and Clark College. I ask: What happens to a stone when it becomes a feature of hostile landscape architecture? How does our culture of waste affect how we treat human beings? What does that say about us?

Materials:

Recycled paper

string

wood glue

canvas

discarded house paint

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