Terra Topos

This body of work is an exploration of the ways in which “nature” might be epistemologically restructured to be seen as an object that includes human interactions and constructions.  Materials that mimic the semiotics of nature have the opportunity to be viewed as less natural than those which at first glance appear to be the quintessence of synthetic chemical-based production methods; Formica with names such as “midnight stone” and “fantasy marble”, although they appear to be more visually similar to nature, are exposed as static linguistic-biophilic romantic yearnings towards a “nature” which they alienate in the process.  Simultaneously, packaging foam is brought into a climatic cycle as it yellows under exposure to UV rays, striving towards an incorporation with the biological.  This work hopes to posit a more logical and holistic understanding of the current state of environmental affairs, while also accepting and learning from some of the darker implications of our troubled relationship with the material world around us.

CollinRichard_MountainStream

Mountain Stream
Polyurethane foam, NuPlay Caribbean Blue rubber mulch, nylon grass, flagging tape, AstroTurf, Formica, marker
6"x18"x18"
2017

CollinRichard_Garden

Garden
Polyurethane foam, nylon grass, flagging tape, marker
4"x18"x18"
2017

7-Glacier(Side)

Glacier
Polyurethane foam, rubber
12"x12"x2"

CollinRichard_River

River
Polyurethane foam, NuPlay Caribbean Blue rubber mulch
3"x20"x20"
2017

CollinRichard_TerraSemblance_2018

Terra Semblance
Birch plywood, painted steel, formica, AstroTurf, polyurethane foam, marker
36"x48"x30"
2018

6_CollinRichard_Topos

Topos
Polyurethane foam, AstroTurf, NuPlay Caribbean Blue rubber mulch, flagging tape, marker
3"x12"x12"
2017

CollinRichard_Island

Island
Polyurethane foam, nylon grass, NuPlay Caribbean Blue rubber mulch, Formica, marker
4"x24"x16"
2017

Collin_Richard_Fields

Fields
Inkjet print on canvas, vermiculite, painted MDF, AstroTurf, polyurethane foam, marker
26"x46"x30"
2018

7-CollinRichard_Turf_2017

Turf
Polyurethane foam, sushi grass, flagging tape, marker
8"x12"x8"
2017