A silhouette portrait with swamp-like figure nests among Areca palm fronds, syncretizing an exotic, synthetic object with an endemic landscape subject.
The work considers the culture of procreation in the Americas- a complicated historical, political, and geographic context wherein conquering the wild landscape, reproductive bodies, and indigenous societies stem from a colonial Eurocentric legacy. Inhabiting its endemic environment, the fertility votive is made by combining intimate ephemera and environmental waste cast into a slurry of domestic construction materials. Monuments to the fertile survivors of man-made and natural disasters, the Mother Mold effigy figures bear the burdens of internalized structural violence made in and of our bodies, our landscape and our movement. Cast palm trunk husks, braided palm fronds, air plants, floor resin, wall insulation foam, interior latex house paint, plastic funerary plants, dessicated tropical plants are emboldened by a tropical, pregnant figure to embody our collective refuse as a site for procreative refuge.
The natural and man made materials composed along with the title- refer to a Victor Berger (founding member of the Social Democratic Party of America) quote from 1912 that “We should have to drain the swamp...if we want to get rid of those mosquitos.” The phrase was later popularized in 1919 by Musollini’s fascist party to ‘root out corruption' and is mired in its revival.