suckerPUNCH: Describe your project
katie REDFORD: The terrariums are filled with clusters of modular elements meant to simulate natural terrain as we know it, but the forms and materials make the apparent growth strange and alien. Integrated with the fabricated modular elements are familiar objects from everyday life, push pins, pencils, scotch tape, rubber bands etc. These elements shift the reality of the interior into the well-known and commonplace, the viewer is able to establish the terrestrial origin of the environment allowing the fantastical and mundane to coexist within one piece.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
kR: A strategy I have for creating a believable yet foreign environment is to derive inspiration from actual living things; particularly desert wildlife. Their forms and colors make them seem just as unreal as any imaginary setting. From Transparent leaves to unassuming sticks sprouting nightmare flowers, desert plants or succulents and cacti in general present an interesting and unexpected natural aesthetic.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
kR: I was probably watching the new “SHERLOCK” show, which is great. I may have been reading some Jane Austen stuff at the time as well as the book 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
kR: I like the Olivo Barbieri “Dolomites Project” and Slinkachu.
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Photos: Nancy S. Donskoj.