Everybody Lives Downstream (working)
statement: Through the work, I'm inviting the viewer to begin to understand the competing tensions of Onondaga Lake, and furthermore, in sites on which our conceptualization of land has changed throughout history. I am questioning whether the land is a source of belongings or belonging. In recognizing Onondaga Lake's consecration, commodification, and deterioration I'm beginning to uncover a process by which I, personally, can offer retribution for the harm done to this site through foraging, photographing and researching. I believe through offering effort in understanding the roots of a place, the site offers a glimpse into the process of how it heals itself. My work is driven by Onondaga Lake's sacred origins while centered around photographing the current state of the post-industrial superfund site and sub sites.