Sway Shift. Sea Garden, a large-scale installation at Vauiso Farms. Connecticut Greenhouse Growers, aimed to spark a visual conversation about the relationship between agriculture and ocean farming while highlighting local initiatives to grow underwater restorative sea gardens that address issues of food security and the environment.
The work was created after returning from a three-month artist residency at Hongti Art Center in South Korea where I researched seaweed cultivation practices, taught workshops at an eco museum and created a video installation for a solo show.
These recent projects examine cycles of growth and consumption through materials and context. At Vaiuso Farms, synthetic green waves were assembled into an imagined sea garden overhead; environmentally threatening materials contrasted the lush plantings.
At Weir Farm I am interested in learning about local plant life- especially edibles and medicinal plants if possible- that I will be able to document, transform and incorporate into future constructions that cull from agriculture and aquaculture. I hope to create pressings, collages, drawings and photographs that will be transformed into imagined hybrid wall constructions
This residency would be a timely opportunity for me to reflect, process and synthesize recent experiences, gather local “specimens” to fold into new hybrid constructed landscapes.
~ Debbie Hesse
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