April 11, 2014
“Succession” was a site specific installation created for “threshold: the promised land”, an exhibition of several local artists in the Old Lumber Yard on Main St in Norman, part of the StART Norman project. I also collaborated on an installation with Sarah Hearn, a symbiotic fusion of knitting, photography and paper cutting to create an installation of symbiotic organisms– lichen.
“Response to a man-made venue, abandoned from use and neglected in upkeep, typically incites a perception of decay, loss and idleness. Infrastructure may fall into ruin, while nature returns to claim what is hers. The lumber yard pivots here, springing from a state of decline into a climb of renewal. Like a post-destruction ecosystem, a natural community of organisms begins a new stage of succession, bringing the scene into new life.
The two trees at the east end of the compound are long gone, leaving behind only remnants of past vitality. Despite this demise the trees’ remains provide sustenance for another niche, creating signs of new life – a promised land for the cycles of nature. Abundant. Productive. Placing value on what once was. Much like the planned revitalization of this historic site into something modern, yet reminiscent of its fascinating past.”
Curatorial statement from Laura Reese and heather ahtone:
“Threshold: the promised land will explore the space as a site for transformation. Threshold implies an opening for change, a boundary yet to be crossed, and the maximum or minimum point of change. The phrase “promised land” brings to mind hope and new beginnings, as well as reflection on local history. The artists will create work that examines themes around building, construction and future potential as well as the economy of exchange. In the early years of the city’s second century, Norman’s citizens seek to express the vibrancy of the community and to celebrate the diversity that makes it an amazing place to live.
The exhibition will be accompanied by educational programming and creative performance by local musicians, performance artists, poets, and others. The intent of this installation is to transform the community of Norman through the vehicle of art, reflecting inclusivity and respect as core values of the city.”