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This Land is Your Land[fill], 2007. Recycled paper, cardboard, shipping palettes. Dimensions variable (approx. 8 1/2' x 33' x 28').

This installation was constructed on-site in the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery at McDaniel College over the course of one week using recycled paper and cardboard gathered at the College, as well as materials recycled from previous installations.  Outdated newspapers, magazines, handouts and circulars were shredded, quilted, crumpled, and folded into a landscaped grid of hills and mountains, fields and plains, a river, and some grassy outcroppings.  Reusable shipping palettes create a viewing platform upon which visitors, as in a National Park or Forest, can stand to take in the suggested vista.  The view here is a colorful wasteland of accumulated trash; yesterday’s news, last week’s meeting agenda, course listings from a previous semester.  Filling the gallery is but a fraction of the material initially collected for this project.  The scope of our consumption and waste is overwhelming.  As the old adage ages, ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ begs not to go the way of last season’s catalogs.

Extra special thanks to Steve Pearson for bringing me in and hosting me for this project..