ARCHEOLOGY OF MEMORY, BEHAVIOR, AND BIODIVERSITY NATURALIS

Bear Mountain Project Part 2

Current Practice— Curated by Hesse McGraw | Invisible Dog Art Center

Brooklyn, NY | July, 2013


Archeologyof Memory, Behavior, and Biodiversity Naturalis deals with dirt, seeding and care as the cradle of the cyclical movement of life and death, rituals of passage, memory, and cultural preservation. The artist learns to interact with nature as described in the "Education for the Stone," a poem by João Cabral de Melo Neto. The artist began investigating the site Bear Mountain, NY. There she performed it, he collected and studied mosses., which was part of the Bear Mountain Project part 1 followed by a trip to Pompeii, IT. It inspired her to build the structure of the work. Couto took these two remote experiments into an art-biology laboratory where she casted a concrete sculpture and stone from her oldest child's body. In it, she introduced Brazilian and American seeds. By controlling the temperature, humidity and with the necessary care, the artist allowed these seeds grow into the concrete cracks.


Profane Illumination

Ultra-violet neon light is contained in white painted neon tube hanging on white wall and released in the dark.


Archeology of memory, behavior, and Biodiversity Naturalis

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Archive of bird sounds and behavior description mixed with Brazilian lullabies sang on the artist's voice.

  

Burial Paper Garment for Rituals of Passage

Recycled brown packing paper, recycled house paint, clay, rabbit skin found during moss gathering, glass, papyrus plant.


The Illuminated Body

Concrete, dirt, moss and grass grown from seeds