Realized Niche, Displaced, 2016

ficus root, plaster mold of rooting system.

48 in. x 32 in. 

This series of work explores the domain between the occupation of space and the competition that exists within an ecological setting. Through the title of Realized Niche, I am looking at this fundamental area by wondering how human activity is changing the environments that organisms occupy. Learning the process of mold making and using plaster as a sculptural tool, I looked at the white cast limbs as pests attaching and eating away the hanging roots. Similarly, the broken down pieces of cast ficcus root- interweaving into the root itself - taking and breaking down space.