Paula Rebsom

Hang In There

I recently came across this quote attributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt: 'When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.' It suggests to me a desperate yet hopeful kind of optimism, which is the feeling I was attempting to conjure up for this show. I’m not sure how successful I was, but if you line yourself up just right, you might be rewarded with a smile.

Stay Tuned for updates and a link to the project website coming soon!

Threshold: Surveying the Domestic Wild is a large-scale sculptural installation on the Marylhurst University campus built to call attention to wildlife populations that live and thrive among us. It consists of a large-scale viewing blind constructed along the edge of a wildlife corridor that surrounds the campus. In the center of the wall is an open doorway where an existing animal trail, frequented by deer and other wildlife, leads in and out of the forest. A website will give viewers unable to physically engage with the structure 24/7 access to live streaming video of the site along with a selection of time-lapse and motion sensor captured images. Collectively these documents will explore the presence of wild animals, their habits, and human behaviors in response to their presence in our domesticated landscape and the ways in which these relationships change over extended periods of time. The project fuses art, ecology, and the use of technology to promote conversations across disciplines regarding built vs. natural environments, domestic and wild spaces, human/animal interactions, and virtual interfaces for experiencing the natural world.

This project was funded through the Marylhurst University Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Fund and the Regional Arts and Cultural Council.