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Edits

Pretty Days and Bas Fisher Invitational co-curated by Anna Frost

Montgomery Bontanical Center

Miami, FL

November 2017

Elephantax™

UV print on handmade paper (pulped New York Times, copper foil, Dr. Bronner's soap label, Every Day Detox Tea, RAW rolling papers, antiaging serum, milk thistle root, rose petals, magnesium chloride bath salts, Electrolyte Plus+ powder, bee pollen).

2017

Saharant™

UV print on handmade paper (pulped Wall Street Journal, copper foil, sunscreen, incense wrapper, price tag, RAW rolling paper, magnesium chloride bath salts, dandelion root, chrysanthemum buds).

2017

Edits.

Silicon, human hair, wire, Silver Brunia, Sorghum, Pampas Grass, Bunny Tails Grass, cinder blocks.

2017

Edits

Pretty Days and Bas Fisher Invitational co-curated by Anna Frost

Montgomery Botanical Center

Miami, FL

November 2017

 

Edits imagines the breakdown of barriers between species as a means of surviving climate change and enduring space travel. Speculative pharmaceutical advertisements are UV-printed on handmade paper imbued with materials related to self care. The ads promote fictional drugs that use CRISPR technology to genetically modify human DNA to adopt useful genetic traits of other animals. Abrams and Stanish posit a world where capitalism predominantly serves the needs of female bodies. In one ad, a fictional CRISPR-aided drug uses DNA from elephants to delay menopause until well after a woman’s “productive” years as a working professional are over. On the floor, silicon plants that mimic human flesh (replete with human hair and warts) are interspersed in a sculptural flower arrangement. Installed inside of a hydroponic tent located at the Montgomery Botanical Garden in Miami, these works exist in a landscape in which nature is managed by humans, and visitors immerse themselves in non-native plant specimens cultivated from seed from all over the globe—allowing viewers to imagine themselves in a world slightly different than the one they know, perhaps one in which the human body is as designed, modified, and seemingly integrated as the botanical garden campus.