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Pocket of luster; shimmering yolk; threatening to puncture, spill forth from the metallic flesh of its tubular host. Like millipedes, endlessly fluid in their mechanical pedaling; swimming through the sprawl of gaseous energies, vaporous flares. Swirl, latch, tangle, sprout. Is it gazing at me?

 Drawing from the genres of speculative and weird fiction, my work strives to posit potential futures—visions of a world unfurling, in uncertain balance, at the threshold of the Chthulucene. Donna J. Haraway defines the Chthulucene as a “timeplace for learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying...on a damaged earth,” a tentacular space of multispecies interactions, tensions, and possibilities. Engaging world-building as both a visual and epistemological task, I explore the premise of the Chthulucene to craft imagined spaces inhabited by hybrid forms, precarious fusions of mechanical, vegetal, biological, and amorphous entities in various states of encounter. Entwining, outreaching tentacles sprawl and latch; forms and bodies interlock and reverberate in dynamic becomings-with, all threads in a complex tapestry of matter. The restless, mutating bio-technological forms within my work strive to challenge stable categorizations, lingering indeterminately among the realms of the living and nonliving, the thoughtless and intelligent, the artificial and organic, draped center stage in a world-space simultaneously indifferent towards and haunted by the absence of the human.

 

Narratively suggestive, these works foreground a consideration of the nonhuman world, attempting to reckon with entities at once intriguing and unknowable, part-real, part-imagined, whose cloudy ontologies spur a reexamination of the physical and philosophical systems we inhabit. Without a clear sense of end or origin, these speculative world-scapes simultaneously invoke references to the alien; to extinction and survival, devastation and reconfiguration; to the depthless intricacy of the world as it already exists, and as it might exist, beneath and beyond our familiar human scale.

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Peoria, Illinois

South Bend, Indiana

@anovembra

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