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Flatbed Press and Gallery 2830 East MLK Jr Blvd Austin, Texas 78702
Constructed Atopia | Heather Parrish
Exhibition runs congruently with another event listing from Flatbed April 21, 2017 to June 3, 2017 with a opening reception the evening of April 21, 2017, 6-8pm.
Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday noon-5pm
For Heather Parrish the issue of inhabitation - what it means to be embodied, and how this embodiment exists in relation to the world - is an interest that fuels her work. This heightened sensitivity to ‘self’ and ‘surrounding’ is rooted in her culturally nomadic childhood. “I am fascinated by our ongoing negotiations to establish a sense of belonging and our complex experience as inhabitants, embodied, housed, navigating the flow of ever-changing relative relationships between interior and exterior.”
The concept and imagery for this print and video installation exhibition grew out of a collaboration with Brooklyn-based scientist Dr. Elizabeth Henaff. The subject of her study is the Gowanus Canal, an EPA superfund site which is the urban industrial ruin of decades of toxic waste dumping. This canal is the simultaneously feared and beloved defining feature of a vibrant Brooklyn community. Dr. Hennaff studies the microbiome that inhabits the eleven feet of toxic sludge layered on the waterway’s bottom. Through genetic analysis, she has found that these organisms, shaped by their environment, have evolved to break down the toxicity in a hopeful example of bio-remediation. Parrish uses this metaphorically rich dynamic of reciprocity to reflect on the interconnectedness of bodies of water, humans, and the urban environment.