In the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert scale is both challenging and critical. Simply harnessing the potential of the wire to spur growth was insufficient. I desired not only to spur growth, but also to acknowledge and actualize the presence of unseen moisture in the air. I considered creating forms, which could activate the space around the object, rising above the scrub brush growing in this area. However, attempting to create any project scaled to that of a person lost relevance in the openness of the desert. And rather than activating the space or engaging the vastness, I sensed the project would translate as separate and clumsy. So instead of increase the size of the project, I chose to shrink the size and mimic a saltbush. Visually, minimizing the scale allowed the project to relate to one of the fundamental elements in the surrounding landscape, the saltbush, which articulates the distance and the topography of the landscape. Physically, the wire?s ability to encourage condensation and funnel rainwater toward its center engages the interaction and presence of moisture. [ > ]

 

 

The Yearning Bush began as a bundle of rusted chicken wire in a grouping of rusted debris. Under the chicken wire grew dense patches of short green grasses and small scraggly weeds. The causal relationship between the bundle of wire and the weeds was reminiscent, in my mind, of old ships and marine equipment sunk in order to insight the development of reef ecosystems. [ > ]

Beginning dark grey with clean edges then rusting into shadowed form this untitled project of metal filings highlights the transformative affect of water and varying effects of time.

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Adam Belt

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