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Living Things is a multi-part, multi-media installation which explores the mutual and cyclical impacts between us, objects, and environment. The work is separated into two parts, or “ecophases,” which form a narrative for the life cycle of the things we are surrounded by.
Ecophase 1, exhibited in the artist’s studio. Home. Mutual dependence: Our role breathing life into our belongings through use and care. Their role as points of reference for the way we live. Making sense of what surrounds us; perception of objects altered by association, memory, engagement.
Ecophase 2, a site-specific installation taking place outside the building. Outliving human use, past functionality but still there, abandoned and overgrown. Trash gets another chance at life when we pay attention to it—admiring its random and persistent interference with the natural environment as a form of art or as an uneasy reminder of our irresponsible consumption.
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McCarthy, Luca Nicholas, "Living Things" (2023). Senior Projects Spring 2023. 154.
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