The built environment can often seem static and monumental, but it is only through constant maintenance that it is able hold out against the deteriorating effects of nature. Modern images of urban decay have a poignant quality, which like the romantic appreciation of ruins in the 19th century embodies contemplation of one’s own mortality. Yet there is a positive side to this deterioration as well; it allows for the cycles of renewal and growth that are as much a part of nature as destruction.
The use of fiber, which is an inherently ephemeral material itself, makes this contradiction more poignant. The tactile quality of the material invites touch, yet the subject matter – moss and mold – is more often avoided.
This installation was created from many small, felted elements, which were then combined to create a site-specific sculpture, designed to look like it has "grown" in place. It has been installed in the lobby of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA in 2013, as well as part of the ArtFields competition in Lake City, SC in 2014, and at 121 Coosa St. Gallery in Montgomery, AL in 2016.