The Waste Land

Kathleen Studebaker's avatar Kathleen Studebaker

The Waste Land is a pedestal-based installation consisting of a series of otherworldly machines (each of which are incomplete, cracked and broken, and clearly obsolete), being overgrown and pulled apart by strange and alien plant-forms. The plants are vine-like in concept (growing up and around what is left of the machines, breaking through pedestal walls and leaving large cracks and fissures), but have a geometric construction as well as a bright coloration that transitions from yellow on one side of the room, through orange, to red on the other. The lighting is both specialized, and very important; meant to imitate the effect of sunlight steaming through a broken wall. Overall, the scene is one of post-apocalyptic mystery; the undisturbed leavings of a lost civilization. This work is about the passage of time, and the overwhelming wonder of our inability to stand against it.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 11'
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 16'
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 6'