Author: sophiehenry

Worms and Stones

Statement: To exist in the present moment is to experience all of the culminating forces that move and shift the objects and beings that exist beside us. The intimate lives of these things are deeply informative, exposing large and small violences, patterns of care, neglect, destruction, transformation, and rebirth. I pose the question: What does…

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…

Exploring Queer Ecology

Nicole Seymour’s section in Companion to Environmental Studies on Queer Ecology cover’s queer ecology as a conceptual framework for understanding the intersection of sexual and environmental issues. It considers how heterosexuality in particular as a human norm influences how we relate with the natural world. Activism and art have been a large part of this…

Analysis and Results

My preliminary analysis and results are composed of mainly a variety of collected sources on the debate around the Anthropocene and other proposed “-cenes”. These include Marisol De La Cadena’s “Uncommoning Nature”, Jaskiran Dhillon’s “Indigenous Resurgence”, Donna Haraway’s “Staying with the Trouble”, TJ Demos’s “Against the Anthropocene”, and Heather Davis’s “On the Importance of a…

Framework Outline: Art for a New Epoch

The process of condensing my abstract collection of theories and thoughts into a grounded, doable outline took me in directions I was not planning to go. Careful research about Eco-Art, Activism, and “New” Materialism, as well as their critiques, all while considering how/why artists create worlds, lead me to many discussions of the controversial Anthropocene.…