in a recent interview, david wallace wells remarked, “our physical landscape, economies, and emotional existence are calibrated to a climate that we are leaving behind.” the path forward and the degree to which human existence will be able to realign with possible climate futures remains uncertain. artists kariann fuqua and allison grant create artwork in dialog with the earth, body, and cosmos in this uncertain time when all possible futures hold precarity.
working together, the artists have created a side-by-side installation that occupies multiple, unsettled meanings. fuqua’s drawings upon first impression are quiet, rhythmic undulations of marks, layered by methodical application. concerned with the invisible systems necessary to sustain biological life underground, in the air, or through water, the accumulation of mark-making hints at an organization and fluidity of potential pathways, where edges are always in flux. always moving, and restructuring, the viewer is confronted by the absence of something and the presence of nothing.
grant’s photographs are an attempt to represent a complex interplay of intertwining and sometimes conflicting meanings. the hands of partly erased or obscured figures hold weeds plucked from the ground, a nod to the dual human tendencies of creation and destruction, as we shape our world using life forms and minerals extracted from our surroundings.
the images are also an attempt to represent a feminine human form and psyche spiritually entwined with wild spaces, using partial invisibility to defy cultural pressures attempting to exert control over the natural world and gendered identities. in this way, the artworks can be understood to hover between livable futures and gradual erasure, highlighting the numerous contradictions that permeate our discordant present.