Oriental Bittersweet and Other Invasive Species - Americans in North America
An investigation of place - specifically southeastern Connecticut - and my identity as a descendant of Thomas Miner, one of the first European settlers of Massachusetts and Connecticut in the 17th century. I construct my familial connection to Thomas - one of the first English invaders of New England - and the changes that he directly instigated through a rammed-earth sculptural installation, a double sided drawing on deer hide, and an unfired clay triptych in this body of work. The physical act of ma(thin)king aided through research and my own genealogy were my tools in this investigation. The expository writing behind and visual work of OBOIS:ANA is the result.