Laced was inspired by the environmental impact of the mining industry on western Pennsylvania and the surrounding landscape of Braddock. The screens form an agamograph. As you walk in one direction an image showing how foggy Pittsburgh was at noon each day in the 1940’s. In the other direction, you see a disintegrating landscape. The overall piece alludes to a large filtration device of not only clay dust passing through a screen but also of the image caught in between. The piece discusses the direct relationship humans have on our surrounding landscape and how the choices we make together have the potential to alter it detrimentally or change direction for the better.
Gingko trees are one of the only trees to grow in polluted places. When Pittsburgh had a booming steel industry, these trees were often the only sign of vegetation one would see. Ode to a Gingko Tree is the fossilized counterpart to the dust filter in the exhibition Laced. The piece is a memorial to nature’s fight to regain its presence despite human interference.