Flowering like an alien’s cartoon garden, bizarre little organisms climb up and down the walls. Behind the humor and visual delight of this strange colony is a hopeful sci-fi narrative. I imagine these creatures to be biological batteries from the near future, genetically engineered to feed on the worst substances human industry has produced— micro plastic, oil spills, radioactive waste— and convert them into clean energy that can be harnessed to power our everyday lives. I want this body of work to offer an alternative to the normal doom-and-gloom of environmental discourse. I want to use science fiction as a means of imagining a more hopeful future where human progress is used to heal the earth rather than to harm it.
Installation at Boston Sculptors Gallery, May 2021.
Photos by Joe Codrington.