Civilization Is Malignant

Clay, Creek Rock, Wildflowers and Litter from the Little Kentucky River

These images are from an installation I created in 2007, for a group exhibition organized by the Ground Floor Gallery in Louisville, KY on the theme of “water”. For this exhibition, I wanted to create a symbolic representation of the Little Kentucky River.  Instead of romanticizing nature, it was my intention to provide viewers with a more authentic visual impression of this short, rural waterway that runs through my home in Carroll County, Kentucky.

I grew up near this waterway.  My father spent decades fishing for Large and Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill on the Little Kentucky River.  Two of my Great Uncles owned river bottoms along this waterway where my family cultivated tobacco for generations.

I gathered the clay, creek rock, wildflowers and litter from a popular swimming hole.


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