Gathered September 10 , 11 and 12 of 2022, these webs were weighted with the ashes of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, the remains carried by an easterly wind to Portland, Oregon and held in the webs of local orb weavers.
Specifically, these pieces document the Double Creek Fire, detected 8/30/2022 and active in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area along the Imnaha River corridor.
More broadly, these pieces document global conditions contributing to the increased incidence of wildfires worldwide: namely, climate change. They gesture to a cause.
These webs are urns, holders of the remains of a world. They are a pause and a portrait. Our world is burning, in part as a consequence of our choices as a species–our options for alternate choices constrained by arbitrary borders (nation, race, gender). These borders are impeding our awareness of ourselves as a species, or whole, sharing a small planet engulfed by intraverseable space.
These webs are messages from the future. They speak to interconnectedness and the cost of artificial separations. I am recording these messages as trace fossils. They are a warning. They come from a future warning us away. They say, One.
Product Handling: These are not functional wares, and they are not dishwasher safe. The ash in these pieces cannot be melted into the porcelain and creates a significantly raised print of the web. While this is a trace fossil durable for hundreds of years, the web is asusceptible to chipping and wear if repeatedly handled.