Papier mache, screen-printed vellum, ink, wax, raw pigment, paint, dressmaker's pins (dimensions variable), 2015.
These imagined ecologies embody a sense of eternity despite the fragility of the materials used to create them. Two ideas inform this work: The first is a theory that an astronomical body called Theia collided with Earth billions of years ago; some scientists hypothesize that the debris from that impact became our moon. The second is the notion of solastalgia, defined as an existential melancholia experienced with the desolation of a loved home environment. Coined by ecological philosopher Glenn Albrecht, the term refers to a homesickness that takes hold when one is still at home. I imagine these pieces as existing in the moment of Theia's fatal collision, in the minds of unknown creatures, whose temporal yearning foretells our own.