Coast Cancer, 2019, 8′ x 9′, wood, steel, paint, resin, found material
Coast cancer is a slang term used to describe the rust and deterioration of metal due to the salinity in the air. This piece was inspired by the sharp, red rust found on all the metallic objects I collected from the New England shoreline. Coast Cancer is made from refuse I collected from various locations that all boarder the Atlantic such as, Camden, ME, Plum Island, MA, Rockport MA, Lincon RI, and Providence, RI. The rust caused by the natural properties of costal air became very significant to me. It represented the New England landscape that has corroded significantly due to an influx of residential properties being developed along the coast. As more and more people seek the beauty of the land, more and more of the land is developed, and tragically the local ecology suffers. On the other hand the rust embodied the resiliency of nature. The inherent organic qualities of rust consuming ore shaped by man became a hopeful metaphor in my mind. As old red metal crumbled like soil in my hands, I saw rust as an action made by nature.