Remnants 5, from Pandemic Sculpture Garden series, 2020 Mirror, mannequin hand, used nitrile examination glove, false nails, squirrel hair, 36.5″ X 32″ X 4”

Due to Covid-19, many patterns have changed in our lives, including an increased number of humans planting urban gardens. Additionally, the lockdowns in city centres—and the attendant quiet on normally busy streets—have created an unprecedented chance for urban animals to roam. Pandemic Sculpture Garden (2020) is an exhibition of sculptures that examines the permeable boundaries between human and nonhuman systems. As cities continue to spread out into the natural landscape, and development and density shrink ecosystems and habitats, urban animals must continually relearn how to co-exist with their human neighbours. Employed by psychoanalysis as well as biology, the term symbiosis describes a system in which members of (different) species live in physical contact. In evolution, symbiogenesis relates to the cooperation between species in order to increase their survival. Feminist philosopher of science Donna Haraway continued this idea using the word ‘sympoiesis’ to describe how our lives and the lives of other species intersect. This project used connected and porous materials found in my urban garden to examine infectious disease, interspecies relations, cohabitation, and symbiogenesis (including the appearance of new bodies, organs and species). This unconventional sculpture garden is a speculative tale of animal-human sympoiesis which invites diverse publics (human and nonhuman alike) to experience a utopian/dystopian future of survivors and remnants who emerge from damaged worlds.  

Remnants 1, 2020 Potting soil, oak planter (formerly a sherry barrel with metal hoops ), used nitrile examination gloves, squirrel tail, human hair, 15″ x15″ x9”
Remnants 2, 2020 Moss, chicken wire, used nitrile examination gloves, human hair, 32″ x 12″ x 10”
Remnants 3, 2020 Moss, metal hanging basket planter with coconut coir liner, pruned branches, used nitrile examination gloves, human hair, 55″ x 29″ x33”
Remnants 4, 2020, Knitted human hair, pink flagging string, mannequin legs, newspaper, acrylic sealer, acrylic paint, aluminum dryer hose, nylon face mask, used nitrile examination gloves, wheel trolley, 24″ x 60″ x 24″
Remnants 5, from Pandemic Sculpture Garden series, 2020 Mirror, mannequin hand, used nitrile examination glove, false nails, squirrel hair, 36.5″ X 32″ X 4”

Pandemic Sculpture Garden, Installation View, 11’ x 6′
Pandemic Sculpture Garden, Installation View, 11’ x 6′
Pandemic Sculpture Garden, Installation View, 11’ x 6′

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