Artist Talk: Friday, April 5 at 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: April 5 – 25, 2019

Sympoiesis considers ways in which different organisms and species come together to make new worlds. It was created by Donna Haraway as an antithesis to the word autopoiesis, which refers to a self regulated system. This word provided a model for how we are creating work. In this exhibition a variety of different media and species coalesce to create a symbiotic system with healing potentials. Together, Kaitlin Bryson and Hollis Moore, are investigating ecosystems of both the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico and the Danda River in Nepal and presenting their observations and notations.

About Kaitlin Bryson

Kaitlin Bryson is an ecological artist merging bioremediation – the use of biological materials to clean harmful toxins from the environment – with sculpture, performance, fiber arts and video installation. Bryson received an MFA in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico and has worked on bioremediation art projects with Tewa Women United in New Mexico, as well as in with the village of Guapamacátaro in Michoacán Mexico. She has participated in an Art & Ecology residency in Mexico, as well as Interface Residency in Ireland. Her work has recently been published in LOAM Magazine and she has been interviewed in YES! and Permaculture magazines.

Merging bioremediation with sculpture, performance, fiber arts and video installation, Bryson’s work is invested in terraforming new types of stories that dismiss common narratives about destruction as catastrophic ends, and instead look to these places of entropy as fertile grounds for multispecies collaborations and collectively inspired adaptations. Making poetic gestures towards ecological renewal, she models her art practice after fungi who are both makers and caretakers; a testimony that an art practice can facilitate a new consciousness surrounding materiality and environmental impact.

About Hollis Moore

Hollis Moore is an artist and educator living in Albuquerque, NM. She investigates environmental issues related to water with performative field research, printmaking, and installation. She earned an MFA in Printmaking and Art & Ecology at UNM and where she researched water-sharing and restoration projects in the Colorado River Delta alongside local non-profits. Moore has participated in artist residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop, Land Arts of the American West, LEAP in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and Signal Fire Arts.

Moore begins each project with a singular perception on an ecological system and progresses as she unfolds her knowledge about that place with field research. Her deformation of knowledge results in materialization of artwork and reveals a constant reinterpretation of place. She references the history between science and printmaking in order to reject images and ideas as static compositions and present them as dynamic objects to be deconstructed, manipulated and reimagined.