This project is a work-in-progress
Walking the print mural on June 13, 2020 (3 minute video)
An interaction between organisms on June 22, 2020 (1 minute video).
Recorded by Macy Chadwick
Weave is a work-in-progress, including the statement below.
The Covid 19 pandemic provides opportunity to reflect on the interconnectedness of things including living systems, the built environment and human relationships. Ecosystems are dynamic entities subject to periodic disturbances like hurricanes, or a novel virus using the human body as both a host and invisible distribution network for its own survival. Like the virus, much of the ecosystem we’ve constructed is invisible including economic networks, supply chains, the work force and information systems. What has become visible in this crisis is our dependency on these systems. Also made visible is the wealth of community generosity and kindness—people helping each other during a crisis. The big question is what will be learned from this and how might our behavior towards the natural world change?
Weave looks into the wonder and beauty of natural systems, our interdependency on them and the perils we face, and will face, if we do not respect the natural order of things. The work is comprised of invented organisms created through the planned and unplanned layering of screen printed ink and collage. All imagery was hand printed by the artist.
Media: Print mural. Print collage on handmade paper. Screen-based monoprinting, monoprinting and chine-collé.
Size: 8′ x 12′ (244 x 366 cm)
Thank you to the California Society of Printmakers Artist Residency Program for funding my two-week artist residency at In Cahoots Residency, June 8 – 21, 2020 in Petaluma, California. Thank you to my social distance residency colleagues and In Cahoots host, Macy Chadwick, for their input and encouragement.