Plume
Thread, Netting, Map Pins, Synthetic Raffia
96" X 72" x 24"
2010


The textile and video works, created for Where Danger and Dishonor Lurks, were inspired by the sinister beauty of the maps and photographs that charted the visible effects of BP's Macondo well oil spill and by the language used by scientists and journalists, to communicate the scale of the crisis, while they hypothesized its potentially dire effects on the coastal region; its wildlife, and economies. The title of the exhibition, Where Danger and Dishonor Lurks, was taken from Book IX of John Milton's 17th Century epic poem, Paradise Lost. Book IX tells the story of Adam and Eve's banishment from Eden. Each work in the series uses shadow to obscure portions of the text and imagery, suggesting the mysterious consequences facing the Gulf Coast region