The Paradise Dioramas: slowburn is an intimate journey through the inner world of plant bodies. How is human adaptation linked to the survival of other beings?
Isabel Beavers is a multi-media artist and educator based in Los Angeles. Her work explores ecologies, examines environmental histories and postulates about climate futures through multimedia installation + new media. She is a co-founder of Great Pause Project, Sci Art Ambassador with Supercollider Gallery, and 2019-20 Resident Artist with CultureHub LA. Beavers recent work probes our cultural responses to climate change by exposing inequitable systems of thought and exploring the use of emerging technology for both scientific research and artistic expression. Recent projects investigate Arctic melt, Norse mythology, California mega-fires, Mars colonization, and artificial ecologies.
“My work explores ecologies, examines environmental histories and postulates about climate futures through multimedia installation and new media. My ongoing research project, The Paradise Dioramas, explores climate change as a moment of origin and birth of a new environmental mythology. Video, sculptural, and sound works consider how the speed and frequency of media desensitize us to stories of disaster, and offer an antidote to compassion fatigue and avenue for environmental empathy through an embodied experience.
The Paradise Dioramas: slowburn is an intimate journey through the inner world of plant bodies. How is human adaptation linked to the survival of other beings? The dancing animations depict highly sensitive species of California flora that are threatened by increasing frequency of wildfire. This video work was created in collaboration with Dr. Anna Jacobsen and Dr. Brandon Pratt at UC Bakersfield using a High Resolution Computer Tomography (HRCT) Machine, and has been exhibited in multiple formats including video, installation, and as a virtual experience on the web. The first iteration of The Paradise Dioramas exhibited at CultureHub LA as part of the 2019-20 Resident Artist program. The work examines our capacity for climate adaptation and rebuilding. Using the diorama form, the work creates a slippage between what is real and imagined, what is the past and what is the future, and turns the human-as-viewer-of-nature in on itself.”
– Isabel Beavers
On display for one week beginning 12.11.20
Helms Design Center at 8745 Washington Boulevard
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