The Succession of Nature
Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature was created as part of the third iteration of the Baltimore Museum of Art's Commons Collaboration. The Commons Collaboration commissions an artist and a non-profit group to work together on an installation and offer a series of public programs related to Imagining Home. For this installation, Howng in collaboration with Blue Water Baltimore aims to inspire awareness about the fragility and preciousness of nature and its resources in an age when human activity, avarice, and violence have resulted in unprecedented dangers and loss connected to climate change.
Howng's immersive installation invites the viewer to question definitions of home by imagining dystopic future devoid of the comforts and conveniences we associate with safe and secure domestic interiors. Devoid of the life-sustaining resources that satisfy basic human needs—clean water and air, healthy flora and fauna, and protective shelter—the walls of home are here refigured, replaced by wild colors and distorted shapes that allude to the toxicity, waste, and chaos of a post-apocalyptic world. Earth links us as human beings since, without our planet and her natural resources, no one, regardless of class, race, or gender, can survive. Put otherwise, if we are unable to modify our activities, Howng asks us to consider the results of our careless behavior and selfish choices.
Size: The Joseph Education Center is approximately over 950 square feet with 10' high ceilings
Medium (95% of the installation was hand painted):
- Walls- acrylic, acrylic gouache, and spray paint on 140lb Fabriano Watercolor Paper
- Floors-acrylic, acrylic gouache, spray paint, and polyurethane on MDF
- Logs-acrylic, acrylic gouache, spray paint on paper mache and chicken wire
- Fire pit- acrylic and spray paint on foam, MDF, assorted water bottles consumed by the artist and her studio assistants during the fabrication of the installation
- Fire pit bench-acrylic, acrylic gouache, spray paint and epoxy clay on a bench used in other installations made of fiber glass
- Picnic Table- Custom printed wallpaper and car wrap on existing table
- Picnic Benches- acrylic, acrylic gouache, spray paint and epoxy clay on prefab pine benches
- Shelter- 1.25" cold rolled steel square tube, netting, and paracord
- Shelter Interior: Cot- cold rolled steel square tube, foam cushion, and custom fabric; End table: acrylic, acrylic gouache, spray paint and polyurethane on MDF and hardwood; Radio-prefab radio with spray paint