this is the new desert

2019, The REEF, CA

Installation and performance

Mowed grass clipping, found paper/cardboard, charcoal

15 feet x 15 feet, eight-hour durational performance

Forced to immediately remove a grass-clipping installation from my studio, I performed this work to claim the concretization of land as the new desert, where no non-human life could freely exist. Grass is forced to grow in the drought-struck regions of California, then mowed from the ground, and dumped into the plastic bins. Maintaining lawn is also a socio-political act to display wellness, as brought in during the European colonization in California. The grass clippings were later dropped off in a natural-looking environment near the site from where they were found.

Photo credit: Justin Serulneck