Days of Plenty, Nothing's Eve - project announcement
Days of Plenty, Nothing's Eve
A History of Abundance
In development. Expected release: summer 2023
Walking With Giants, 2023. Collage, pigment ink on cotton rag paper, 50x40 inches, edition of 5
Der erste Elefant courtesy National Library of Austria.
Untitled (tree and faller), private collection.
Speaking through a photographic history, 'Days of Plenty, Nothing’s Eve' compiles hundreds of appropriated images into collage works reflecting on human relationship with the living world. At a time when a re-framing of this relationship is urgently called for, these often disturbing works employ hunting, and extraction in general, as metaphor for the wider story of our attempts of dominion over the natural world. Emerging from my family’s photo-archive as colonial settlers in British Columbia in 1887, and continuing with photographs collected from around the world, I engage with questions around a new path of relation with the other-than-human.
Institutional sources of archival imagery include:
- Smithsonian Institute
- National Library of Austria
- McCord Stewart Museum
- Royal BC Museum and Archives
- US Library of Congress
- Cortes Island Museum
- Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library
- North Dakota Archives
- Cal Poly Humboldt Library Special Collections
- Provincial Archives of Alberta
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
- American Museum of Natural History Library
Hundreds of other photographs are in the artist's private collection, drawn from family archives, auction, vintage/charity/collectibles merchants, and other sources.