synthetic naturalism

Carnegie Mellon Project Grant


Regina Miller Gallery, PGH



"Vestige of Volition" is a hydroponic sculpture that visualizes the aesthetics of a new biotope. The segmented tree sections, connected by metal chains and drip fed through plastic tubes, simulate a moment where the organic and the mechanical collide into a uniform environmental condition. Each tree trunk slice is specifically milled in order to hold various types of plants. Water tubes run vertically from the sump pump (located at the basin) which carry the nutrient water for the plants. In complete assembly and installation, the planter sculpture comprised of both natural and artificial elements, becomes a singular self-sustaining organism that is mechanized to sustain life. The sculpture is dead and alive, organic and synthetic and the contradicting displacement of its dissonant duality suspends in stupor inside the art gallery.