Facets of space, place, community, commodity, and the most basic notion of our interaction with nature heavily influence my work. Growing up, my playground was six hundred fifty acres of dirt, cows, corn, and rust in Solon, Iowa. Being surrounded by large machinery, expansive landscapes, mass quantities of crop, and witnessing its migration from field, to wagon, to silo, to semi continues to inform the way I embody scale, movement, and renewal. On the farm, the exaggeration of time and rapid cycles of life and death are witnessed firsthand. Vast expanses of crop and livestock are vigorously used for months, then harvested, discarded, or replaced. Denying its impotence, my work examines the afterlife and potential of this residual material. Through play with the material’s physical qualities, its aesthetic and conceptual value is redefined in relation to my perception of life cycles and regeneration, fertilization and insemination, movement, sentiment, and instinct. Materializing unseen, but witnessed forces, I use sculptural assemblage and installation as platforms to abstract, interpolate, and find a rediscovered relevance within the refuse.

 

heidi.zenisek@gmail.com