|Tender Leavings||2016||mixed media installation||multiples|
|Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillips||the-nonhuman|
|In collaboration with termites|
Tender Leavings is a mixed media installation containing fragments of the remains of 850 romance novels buried for one year in a desert sand dune. The action of termites has fragmented the tales of love. Uncontrollable deconstruction is followed by reconstruction of new dialogues from the absences (Termite-Ma) created. The artwork follows a line of investigation where ‘exformation’ of a ‘material archive’ builds possible future environmental scenarios. It searches for nuggets of wonderfulness in the papery remains. More obliquely, the installation alludes the possibility of change from below, and to the possibility of cooperative recovery from disaster. The work “looks forward,” creating an anticipatory archive, that is anti-monumental and that continues to eat away at us.
For Radical Ecologies, fragments are being tweeted/instagrammed daily http://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/tenderleavings/ (perditaphillips or perditaphillips)