Blocked Future Future Blocks
We are living in the anthropocene--an era where humans have made an everlasting impact on the earth’s environment and weather patterns. This new era is tethered to our high levels of consumption and waste, and will carry us into the future. Plastic is an everyday object that is an excess manifestation of the wild levels of consumption being encouraged across our planet. Plastic is a remainder, its life span stretches far beyond its use span. It sits at the landfill; it floats through the ocean. It’s a trace of having been there.
This interactive work consists of quilt panels made from used plastic (cellophane, bubblewrap, packaging, etc.), and filled with water/ice. It asks each of us to question our relationship to waste, remainders, and quickening environmental change imposed by humans. Participants are invited to write a note to their future self on scraps of paper that are then tucked inside a quilt block and surrounded by water. As the weather changes the water surrounding the note will freeze and melt with the ice obscuring and revealing the text.