And Yet,Ecogical Installation, 2020-2021 ︎︎
And Yet is a series of is a series of ecological installations inspired by the forms in the network of mushroom mycelium. These sculptures aim to bring a piece of our ecosystem that normally exists below our feet into to space that hangs above and surrounds viewers, creating a sense of oneness and equilibrium with ecological relationships integral to our being.
And Yet, disturbs an anthropogenic space to extend our boundaries of how we relateourselves to nature. Titled after a line in the poem “The World of Dew” by Japanese poet Issa, they explore concepts of interdependence, co-origination, and communiaction in its creation. I hoped to show the interconnection that is constant in all beings, and to address the human sense of separateness and superiority that we often hold in our interactions with nature.
Even the most untouched being would be nonexistent
without the relationships sustained with those around it, revealing what is at stake in our current ecological
Nature rarely deeply disrupts the spaces we exist in; it is a point of discovery, reset, a new beginning. This sculptural network transforms and intricacies emerge as one explores both inside and out. Viewers may feel displaced from the space they had originally entered, overwhelmed in the way space had been manipulated, then humbled, one, and at peace with what they were experiencing.
Confronting and being surrounded by these microorganisms is powerful in connecting to, understanding, and ultimately caring for more delicately. In addition, this piece
becomes a physical reflection of the artist’s drawing style, taking 2D designs into sculptural
“If all humankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago.” - Edward O. Wilson
And Yet II & III are on permanent collection in Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation and Student Center, Seattle University
©Marguerite Pilon 2022