A Sudden Change in Course (2012)
With fabric and wire, I hung the alluvial history of the Mississippi river from ceiling to floor. Working from a 1930’s Army Corps of Engineer’s survey map, each color represents a different century of the river’s natural meander, while the gold leaves reference the value of its flowing sediments. This history was hung before a gridded image of flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a photograph taken from an Army Corps of Engineer’s helicopter. On the other side of the wall, for “Maki,” I performed the rolling of vegetable maki rolls for each viewer who approached me. In the time it took me to roll, I explained the history of Mississippi flood control, and its disastrous effects on the populations who live on (and in) the river. When viewers were finished with their food-for-thought, they hung their plates around a framed image of the endangered Mississippi salmon.