Artists in Residence – Ruth le Gear and Kaitlyn Bryson
Ruth and Kaitlin met on the Land Arts of the American West expedition, as part of the Water rights programme at SFAI in 2016.It was there that they learnt that their complementary art practices and epistemological perspectives could demonstrate how artwork can heal lands and people. Both incorporate bioremediation into their artistic practices, Kaitlin using fungal tissue to absorb heavy metals from water and Ruth with water remedies inspired by homeopathy. In their short stay with us, they were working together to create a remedy based artwork for the lands affected by the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill which devastated communities around the Animas and San Juan rivers. They were also working on making remedy clouds. The clouds are made with water vapor from Ruth’s water remedies, and medicinal mushroom and lichen essences that Kaitlin has made while at Interface.