"Soil" aka "Temple of the Worms"
January 31, 2019
"Soil" is a body of work exhibited at Occidental College's Weingart Gallery. A ceremonial offering of gratitude, 'Soil' features a three tiered ceramic sculptural composter populated with living worms.
The composter is a temple for the worms, embodying the reciprocal exchange between gifts that are drawn out of the soil, such as clay and food, and the transformational return of decaying materials via earthworms. The composter bears references to Metzli, the aztec god and goddess of the moon. Also known as “the lowly god of worms” the worm temple reconsiders an event in which a rabbit is flung into Metzli’s face, forcing them to retreat in shame and take a subordinate role to the sun. The composter temple invites a worm and soil-centric shift in the telling of this story, in which the fall of Metzli is celebrated, an occasion to give thanks to the thriving and invisible worlds which are hidden from the sun.
"Soil" exhibited alongside Candice Lin's "The inscrutable speech of objects"