The detrimental effects of water consumption and pollution further advocate for recyclable or biodegradable materials.
This is my experimentation with Kombucha
Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY)
Kombucha culture, when dried, becomes a leather-like textile known as microbial cellulose that can be molded onto forms to create seamless clothing.The kombucha textile is sustainable and compostable.
Still from "Living WIP in Berlin" 35mm black&white film. Thrifted ceramic, with plant water siphon system, syringes containing ink-cap mushroom mycelium, foraged and store-bought portobello mushroom mycelium, foraged oyster mushroom mycelium, water from sterilizing rye berry, artists DNA, Berlin's contaminated water, hydrosol from linden trees, calcium carbonate, hydrosol from mushroom herbs and scavenged mushrooms.
This piece specifically is investigating Berlin's contaminated soil and water from the war and looks at geoengineering and bioremediation to repair the damages due to anthropogenic activity. This piece in general uses syringes to reference the unnecessary use of toxins and chemicals within the practice of western medicine, in contrast to the plants and living organisms I will be using that will actually be doing most of the healing in their planted environment.
“Still terrified of being stung"
This sculpture is a timely and necessary response to the current, failing bee health paradigm.
I designed and custom built this chair to resemble a man-made beehive, I then filled the box with soil, and planted a variety of pollinators within and around the chair in order to attract feral bees.
As the flowers bloomed in spring and summer, this manmade structure which formerly served as an artificial environment to exploit bees, now invites feral bees to enter a natural environment where they are allowed to roam freely a
I collected $147 worth of lottery tickets that were discarded on the streets of Chicago. These tickets were then beaten and made into a paper pulp to make one single sheet of paper. I wanted to focus on this action of collecting trashed hope and recycling it into one beautiful sustainable product.