The Conquering of the Congress
Statement: A scientist and engineer stand on each shoulder of the Orangutan. We have thought ourselves into this scenario, can we think ourselves out?
Just think. Palm oil plantations fill out the heart of the piece, divided in a grid of roadways and trees. A grid like the basket being woven above the right shoulder, and the systems that we choose to weave each day.
Just think. This work is a questioning of science and industry in the Borneo region. The role of production in supply chains, feeding the economies of wealthy countries.
Just think. I do not know these scientists, I do not know how they imagine a future for this planet. I do not know this Orangutan, yet She is in my shampoo. My peanut butter. My car. My cleanser. My bread. My butter. My cheerios. My clothes.
I think about Her sacrifice. The chains tighten with every passing year. The supply chains they keep hidden. The chains we don't see.
Who am I to say, with my paper chains that made this very work - I thought myself into this scenario,
Just think yourself out?
The decline of the orangutan is connected across industry, product, nation, and biome. Can we come together fast enough to stop this decline?
a group of orangutans is called a "congress."
This work is an exploration of systems, human systems, that are affecting orangutan populations. Completed in the summer of 2019. Featured in the Art4Apes show in December of 2019.