site specific installation at Fair Folks and a Goat
recycled bedsheets, paint, wire, string
Nature creeps on forgotten space.
Foot a Night explores the slow creep of time
and nature on spaces forgotten by modern society.
In New Orleans, the post-Katrina landscape is rife
with open spaces left in transition. Over time, abandoned
structures untouched since the storm are being reclaimed
by the land quite literally by growing vines, nicknamed
foot-a-night vines in the South for their ability to grow as much
as a foot per day. The vines, insidious to the integrity of the
buildings, are also beautiful and surreal as they grow over
the familiar rectilinear forms of human infrastructure and turn
them into organic, furry, mysterious forms. Thesespaces become
invisible zones—spaces that are liminal yet pervade our daily lives
if not peripheral vision. Time stands still and nature begins to
reclaim the human-made. Often overlooked, these environments
become statements about the inextricable link between culture and nature,
our past and inevitably our future.
Foot a Night confronts the viewer with these sights we have
become accustomed to ignoring, which seem to exist outside
the speed of modern society. The viewer is invited to contemplate
nature’s takeover of domestic space and even spend the night.