DEVIN ZUBER

Associate Professor for American Studies, Religion, and Literature & Department Chair for the Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion, GTU

 
 

During shelter-in-place we’ve been doing various art projects with our kids. Our youngest daughter has also been particularly keen on growing things in our unruly backyard garden and on our balcony, so when she received a school assignment to create an environmental art project, we had fun diving into the work of the contemporary British artist Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy’s work is usually site-specific, using found organic materials to create hauntingly beautiful ephemeral sculptures: flower petals, stones, icicles, tree branches, leaves, mud. We watched a great documentary film about Goldsworthy — Rivers and Tides, a quiet film that is akin to entering the hushed awe of a cathedral — which inspired Catherine to get busy in the backyard. Part of the weirdness of these times has been the folding of time: the accelerations of our cultural and political crises at the same time we are bound-at-home, and attuned to the wonder of the return of blooming things and the light and warmth.