"Trigger Points", 1990-2000
drawing/photo work about her 10 year
wetland dump restoration in
How does Riverhead fit into a larger matrix of circumpolar sites impacted by global warming? How can threatened resources, as water, wetlands and soils, become protected sources of abundance? What if we could identify small places, formerly rich habitat, "hotspots" of biological richness, perhaps wasteland now, whose restoration might catalyze significant regional environmental healing? As any city develops, it has the opportunity to incorporate such modeling into city planning. The thesis of "Cities and Oceans of If," is that often degraded sites can be trigger points of change. Restoring them can effect macro landscape change, acupuncture "trigger points," on the global body.
I am a citizen of a world threatened by global warming. The natural world I respond to as an artist is a dynamic web of systems as much as particular landscapes. Observing the performance of life in flux drives my practice into analysis and experimentation. This is a personal relationship.
Aviva Rahmani’s career
spans forty years of engagement in social and environmental concerns. Her work
has been exhibited in close to one hundred one-person and group shows
nationally and internationally and referenced in numerous books and articles.
Ecological art installations by Rahmani have been shown at the Hudson River
Museum, NY, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, Museo d’Arte
Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain. Restoration projects, as Ghost Nets, have been
funded by the Nancy H. Gray Foundation for Art in the Environment. A 2002
one-person show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art,
Illustration: Riverhead with Ghost Nets, photographic collage, 2006