THE GREAT WEIGHT STATE

The Great Weight State consisted of 10,000 lead fishing weights, each individually tied to handmade frames which replaced the ceiling tiles. The weights hung directly above the viewers' heads, who were invited to walk onto the live grass during the exhibition. Video footage projected through the weights displayed silent and sober footage of divers exploring shipwrecks throughout the Great Lakes. The grass was kept alive by hand watering throughout the exhibition.

 

This work speaks to fears of environmental destruction and subsequent catastrophe, while also speaking to the metaphorical wreckage-diving that is necessary to precede human and societal growth. 

This installation was hosted by Meadowbrook Art Gallery at Oakland University and was produced for the "Detroit Now" exhibition, an exhibition of 16 select artists working in the Detroit region.