On Migration I
Photographer: Dan Meyers
Topaz Relocation Center, June 2018
Space I: Hypereic Flow, Excavation, Repository
Displayed as part of the 2019 MICA Undergraduate Commencement Exhibition, Palimpsest is a solo show investigating the generational repercussions of forced relocation through iron oxidation and magnetization, the woven structure and use of water-soluble weft, and waterleaf paper structures. The exhibition was divided into three spaces, to display a suite of works considering each subject. Poetry and supplemental wall text were interspersed throughout the exhibition.
In the first space, supplementary text introduces the terms "Palimpsest" and "Hypereic Flow," then posing a guiding question for the exhibition: How do we build from the residual?
Excavation is a photographic handweaving made on a TC2 digital jacquard loom, based on an image I took at the site of the Topaz Relocation Center in June of 2018. It hangs above Repository, a collection of smaller artifacts displayed within a converted found table.
Repository houses three different artifacts: from left to right, a stack of risograph-printed takeaways with the text of the poem Topaz Relocation Center, June 2018, a found root structure, and a handful of nails cast in stoneware.
Hypereic Flow utilizes a large ceramic magnet and approximately 850 rusted nails and other found metal scraps in an effort to render each individual piece of metal a permanent magnet.