The history of the Workingmen’s Institute and New Harmony is well documented by a number of historians and scholars. Nature Morte has provided an opportunity to temporarily relocate some of the natural history collection at the Workingmen’s Institute and feature it inside the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. It is a chance to both reexamine these collections and to think about how we interpret art, artifacts and place. The introduction of these natural history specimens within an art gallery context allows us to think about them in a different way, altering our understanding of their value and function in science.
This installation is a step in understanding the natural order, and how we collect and organize things to promote understanding the museum and institutional archive. Through documentation and fabrication, I make works that examine nature and the natural order. I am interested in how organisms, plants, animals, and humans, are represented in texts and museum settings, and how we preserve, classify and display them.
Nature Morte will open at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, Indiana, September 15, 2018.