Bogs, A Love Story
My artistic practice has focused on places that are often viewed as wastelands. I spent the summer of 2014 visiting bogs and wetlands and interviewing five experts to share their knowledge about the bogs of Northern Minnesota. Through my research in making this short documentary, have come to more fully appreciate how the future of peatlands may impact climate change. While " Bogs, A Love Story," has been shown in several venues in its current version, with Imagine Grant funding I plan to expand the piece to include other voices and to reflect more expansively on our relationship to overlooked ecological systems that are vital and yet largely invisible.
My interest in bogs began with my Rooftop Tamarack Bog project (installed at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2012). In 2013, I participated in the symposium, Invisible Scotland, at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, the University of Dundee and visited wetlands in the Highlands.
Professor Mary Modeen has invited me back to Scotland to be a guest artist at the College of Art and Design in July of 2015. I will lecture, screen the current version of the documentary, and lead a workshop. I will also conduct further fieldwork in the Scottish Highlands and will meet with artists Alexander and Susan Maris, two artists committed to the stewardship of Rannoch Moor. I would expand my video documentary to include additional interviews with people in Scotland and in Minnesota, and reflect more fully on why we should care about the fate of these ecosystems.