RECYCLING NATURE AT REALFORM PROJECT SPACE
LINDA BYRNE RECYCLING NATURE
Curated by David Gibson
December 9, 2005 - January 15, 2006
Realform Project Space
218 Bedford Avenue & N. 5th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
I have always drawn my ideas and inspiration from nature. I work with images connected to the loss of history through the decay and destruction of our environment and through ecological disasters that effect our natural world. I use subject matter symbolic of these concerns, exploring their structural component and organic shapes.
Our vanishing bird population is one indicator of this destruction. Bird extinctions are on the increase, already topping 50 times the rate of natural loss. My newest work uses the image of an empty nest to express this loss. Though different species of birds build unique nests, they each fall into a catagory or type. Using plastic "O" rings from soda and beer cans, I have fashioned several of these types of nests.
The materials I choose to execute my ideas are an important part of my work. They express the character of the pieces. Shaping objects that are recognizable out of materials that are unexpected brings them into sharper focus to the viewer. By using clear plastic, I comment both on the over-use of non-biodegradable materials that contribute to the pollution of our land and water, and the vanishing birds which are important indicators of the health of our planet.
"Recycling Nature" is an installation styled after a natural history museum diorama. Here, no birds are to be seen. They have disappeared, leaving behind only nests built out of the very plastics that have caused their demise. There are few trees left and the rivers and streams have dried up, leaving a barren world. Through this work, I hope to bring an awareness of the connection between caring for the natural world and human survival, with the consequences of our disregard.