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But It Is Art: Earth Art

by | 24th, October 2008

OLD MR Anorak art collection: Earth Art:

The flat, woven areas of the piece are meant to reference agricultural plains which supply food. The “fields” are interwoven with tufted, bushy areas of the piece, which represent forests and jungles, and other wild environments that are disappearing.

Can we embroider that on a cushion?

The spines — the bones of which are cast from molds — traverse the sculpture along two different trajectories, represent the fact that, Engman states, humans are at the center of the climate crisis. The vertebrae are connected to ribs that extend into the landscape. The opposing positions of the spines are meant to be the night and day of the work.

The piece is held together by 10,000 feet of agricultural bailing twine, another reference to the food supply, and beeswax, which Engman said is a tribute to the bee colonies that are mysteriously endangered. The beeswax also holds things in place, and its pale, milky color, and propensity to melt are meant to resemble ice in color and character.

Even the way in which the piece hangs has meaning. The work is suspended from a single point, which mimics Earth on its orbit. Its four-cornered shape is meant to echo the four corners of the globe as well as the four directions of wind currents, north, south, east and west.

“All of these choices, every aspect of the piece, was metaphoric, in a way,” she said. “I don’t think it could have had the kind of impact I wanted it to have without those kind of choices.”

More peeks at Old Mr Anorak’s art collection to follow..

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