Guam 2000

Cermamic and paper, 2022

This sculptural installation hinges on a 2013 US military operation that parachuted two thousand mice laced with paracetamol onto the island of Guam in an attempt to poison and depopulate a brown tree snake accidentally introduced by cargo ships. Like in the puffer fish and brown tree snake, we find animals that have been carried by human vessels or have travelled via manmade incursions into their habitat only to be cast as invasive and vilified in their new homes. 

Presented at open studios at the Jan van Eyck Academie, 2022