Evelyn Rydz: Floating Artifacts
January 24 – May 21, 2017
Tisch Family Gallery
Evelyn Rydz: Floating Artifacts, a component of the exhibition
The Ocean After Nature on view at
SMFA at Tufts. Floating Artifacts
examines the life cycles of ocean debris – from ancient organisms, to fossil
fuel at the base of the ocean, to quickly manufactured plastic toys and tools on
land, and back to the ocean as floating fragments of our contemporary lives.
The Ocean After Nature examines how the seascape is shaped in an
era when human beings have become the driving force in the development of the planet.
Floating Artifacts, specially presented within the Tisch Gallery as
a component of The Ocean After Nature,
is an ongoing project mapping coastlines through the residues of our
contemporary lives. Exploring perceptions of scale, the washed ashore debris is
magnified to examine everyday actions and lasting impacts, fleeting and geologic
time, unstable and fixed conditions. Focused on the narratives these found
objects have gathered on their journeys, Rydz explores the interconnected
histories and possible futures of these misplaced objects and ocean currents
around the globe. The project aims to share multiple perspectives, from
individual coastlines to global currents and the cumulative human actions that
link them and us together.
The Ocean After Nature is an exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman
and organized by Independent Curators Interational (ICI), New York. The exhibition
is made possible with the generous support from ICI's International Forum and Board of
Trustees. The presentation of Evelyn Rydz: Floating Artifacts at
Tufts University Art Gallery has been organized in
collaboration with Carol Stakenas, Guest Curator.
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