Cozy (Version 4)
(Installation view) Acrylic yarn and bison manure; dimensions variable
From Nov. 12-19, 2014, I created site-specific installations during a residency at Madroño Ranch in Medina, Texas. I crocheted 31 brightly colored acrylic-yarn cozies and wrapped them around dried manure (from the ranch's herd of 17 bison). I then arranged the objects in different configurations around the ranch property.
Madroño Ranch describes itself as "a model of sustainable practice, a benefit to the local community and a source of nourishment both literal and metaphorical." Within this context, this piece questions the ultimate value of environmental conservation at the individual level. Our intentions to protect, nurture and carefully use the earth are not in vain, but without drastically changing our entire global industrial system, to which we all contribute as consumers, what do our efforts amount to?