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A man lays a patio. While resting a stone against a tree, he disturbs a living wasp’s nest. With a steel bar, he knocks the nest from the tree, crushes the entrance, and pounds it to a pulp. No one is stung.
As we narrow the world’s parameters with our activities, we simultaneously crowd the other living organisms supporting our existence. The closer we are thrust, the more shifts we can expect between us and them. This pressing together references our continuity. The evolutionary theorist Lynn Margulis, in her discussion of how sexual reproduction came about, describes the fusion of male and female chromosomes as the product of exchanging complex genetic material to the next body. Our entities are the collisions of different bacteria and mono cells that have morphed into separate, but melded, ideas. Organisms create a busy, baroque paradox of interactions. The cross-pollination of want with not-want is the stage in which I find myself in art-making, and nature orchestrates these boundaries and simultaneously coaxes me to assess conditions. All species are essential to our comprehension of the world, and I try to harness their activities and physicality to skewer our own organizing principles and perceptions.