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Jackie Brookner, "Prima Lingua", concrete, volcanic rock, mosses, ferns, wetland plants, fish, steel, rubber liner, tubing, pumps, 1996-2002

Jackie Brookner

"My commitment is to revitalize ecosystems while providing pleasure and raising awareness that the vitality of any community and the continuity of its cultural heritage depends upon the health of the natural world that embraces it.

HUMBLE: [< L. humilis low, small, slight, akin to humus, soil, earth (see HUMUS)]

HUMUS: [L. earth, ground, soil < IE. * ghom-: see HOMAGE]

HOMAGE: [< L. homo, a man , IE. *ghom-, < base *gtheim-, earth, ground, whence L. humus, Gr. chthon, earth, OE. guma man]

Hidden in the roots of our words we find what we seem to want to forget--that we are literally the same stuff as earth. My work explores this identity while undermining the assumptions and values that keep us from acknowledging it. I work on different scales--from individual sculptures that are personal and intimate, to site specific installations that explore how attitudes toward earth and matter play out in various social contexts, to long term collaborative water remediation projects. Over the past several years I have been collaborating with ecologists, earth scientists, and landscape architects to design works that function ecologically as well as aesthetically. The collaborative works pay homage to water and soil as they transform polluted environments into healthy ecosystems."

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