there exists frameworks of thought that regard life as a resource to be extracted, for life to be 
turned sterile and dead in exchange for profit or status or so-called progress. these 
frameworks harm all life, human or otherwise. this work, re(ve)lations, acts as a critique of 
those frameworks: both our current economic system and the prevailing religious ideologies 
that give man dominion over life. it is an act in two parts. the first series, after goodwin, is a 
picture of destruction and desecration; the effects of economic greed and religious hubris. The 
second, after mignon, is one of hope for change; a reallocation of our place in the world and 
the abundance possible.

to achieve those visual metaphors, western religious imagery has been appropriated, styled 
after historical still life painters. fungi play a prominent role in each piece, fittingly, as they are a 
prime contributor to all life, and, rather than creating death from life, they are recyclers of 
death, reclaiming its nutrients and acting as agents of rebirth. as such agents, they act in direct 
opposition to the ideologies of industrialism and capitalism. not only do fungi rail against 
economic frameworks, but certain mycological members act as religious saboteurs, addressing 
the ego inherent within the belief that man has the divine right of domination over nature, or 
perhaps more insidious, that progress is only possible by that domination.

the presentation of both series is not entirely conventional, but takes inspiration from older 
processes. images are printed onto transparencies, rendering them a digital approximation of 
analog slide film. two images are viewed side-by-side on a light box, asking to be handled, 
moved, and closely inspected. a third image is projected by means of an overhead projector, 
reminiscent of those dark classrooms of childhood. fittingly, both series cannot be displayed at 
the same time, as their representations are incompatible. even then, to display a different 
series requires an intentional act on the part of the viewer, and that act contributes to a more hopeful future.

suggested readings
the solarpunk manifesto
pioneers of ecological humanism by brian morris 
sunvault: stories of solarpunk and eco-speculation

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