|24 Jan 2008|
Heather Mekkleson - Artist's Talk
Debris Field is a part of a series of sculptural work that similarly bleeds into awareness. Working with images from public disasters, Heather Mekkelson catalogs and reconstructs the fragments, "composing" ruins from hand-crafted debris within the framework of art historical, Romantic catastrophes like Gericault's Scene of the Deluge (1818) and Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819). Mekkelson's debris fields are eerie stages set with the mundane, stripped of its value beyond that of index. For Mekkelson, the study of ruins is a deconstruction of psychological and physical permanency, but for the viewer, taking in the idea of catastrophe as neatly registered landscape, reads as an unsettling bellwether. As Mekkelson notes herself: "recent disasters [provide] a window through which we can foresee [our] world in ruins;" Debris Field's fabrication provides perspective, disaster and catastrophe might be of our own manufacture.