Answering Earth

Monuments to Something

Sara Hess

Material and its potential for manipulation is very important to my current practice. I muse, ideate, and resolve through making. Painting, drawing, printing, collaging, and installing enable me to record observed nuances, pay attention to overlooked and misunderstood detritus, and find humor and novelty in the everyday. 

Monuments to Something is from an ongoing body of work called "Cemetery as Art Installation" where I seek to elevate the cemetery's visual novelty and critique how the cemetery functions as sculpture, performance, forgotten identity, permanence, persistent racism, and absurdity. Though beautiful, the historic grounds where I work are typically overlooked, ignored, and even avoided, much like the forgotten tombstones that occupy it. Centuries of erosion represent time and entropy at work. 

'Answering Earth' archives 15 artworks displayed in the virtual exhibition Answering Earth— organized by Rural Midwest Artist Collective, with guest juror Jason Brown (@miningthelandscape). The exhibition called for any media concerned with the subject of land-use. 

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