NEST, a new media installation installed at, The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. Virginia, USA. 2011.
NEST consists of three large-scale nests placed in a triangular formation. Each nest is constructed from Virginia creeper, grape vine and aluminum and each are lined with quilted handmade wool felt. These nests do not contain eggs or birds but rather projections of cats, dogs and humans. The nests exist in an environment defined by a digitally reproduced landscape. A photographic mural and projection of “Windy Rock” on the Appalachian Trail places the audience in the treetops.
The museum visitor to the installation is at first an intruder to the strange world of NEST but as the visitor recognized the familiar; the landscape, the sleeping domestic animals and the human, it is not long before they feel a sense of belonging, a sense that they too are an integrated part of the natural world. Although nature is all too often only experienced through the intervention of media. Most importantly to me on August 26, 2011 I became an American citizen, the creation of NEST was the visualization of making the Appalachia Mountains my home.