Burn Piles Trash is a series of 13 photographs created in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The photographs consist of constructed scenes using found objects in the sand dunes. The bones, trash and dried plants are illuminated by a single flash, throwing elongated shadows across ripples of sand. Referencing death, globalization and waste through the use of materials (animal bones and found trash from discarded consumer products), the photographs construct scenes which allude to ritual by placing otherwise forgotten objects into a state of hyper-significance. By building altars out of our discarded waste, the work constructs a mythology of plastic animism in a surreal landscape that, although not manipulated except through the use of a flash, is made to look artificial.
Burn Piles Trash presents a constructed landscape using materials as metaphor. In this work, I assemble found objects, exploring the relationship between digitization, globalized culture and the natural landscape.
multicoloured ephemeral psychopiles
of evolving greens, blues, yellows
shards of glass and rusted metal tangled in dried thorns and bramble
lumps of sandy roots sporadically heave the dirt up
revealing black dots
like an exploded meteor raining down on
the wasted ground