Invasive: defined as tending to spread prolifically and undesirably or harmfully. The word can describe the history of Hawai’i. With the highest extinction rate in the world, which encompasses its plant and animal species but also its people.
In this installation the gallery is taken over by the invasive species of Guinea Grass, Australian Tree Fern and Albizia Tree.
These plants have been deemed invasive for different reasons. The brittleness of the Albizia Tree creates hazardous falling branches. The Australian Tree Fern blocks sunlight and chokes out native plants. Guinea Grass grows uncontrollably and depletes our soil.
In the depths of the forest of Hawai’i 98% of the flora are non- native species. This is also reflected in the population, with people who identify as Hawaiians comprising only 6.6% of the population. Hawai’i would be unimaginable without alien species and multi-ethnic people. We all landed on these islands, put down roots and tried to grow. Like these plants we are defined by how we interact with our environment.
Hawaii is as much a concept as it is a place. We must always ask ourselves: Are we contributing to the idea of Hawai’i or homogenizing to the global standard?
A reflection on the disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian Tsunami. Floods have always been a check to the hubris of man. In the Epic of Gilgamesh Utnapishtim was a survivor of a great flood who challenges Gilgamesh’s ideas about his quest for immortality. So to in this modern age do floods serve to remind us of the ephemeral nature of our greatest achievements.
The installation consisted of a projections of floods dating back to the 1920’s shown on a platform with a segment of roof where the viewer could be stranded upon. As they look over the side they are confronted with a sculpture of a drowning person. This sculpture had a camera in its chest that recorded the viewer’s face to be projected back in the face of the drowning victim.
All of this was captured and overlaid with previous viewer interactions providing for the Video which was used later as a Projection installation.
Confronting Rumpsfeld was created after the invasion of Iraq. It is an interactive sculpture that empowers the viewer to confront a man who was inaccessible yet wielded immense influence on the lives of many.