SHED is a long-term project that investigates an abandoned grain shed in a semi-rural habitat under Winnipeg’s suburban threat. The derelict structure represents a (once-sustainable) culture that is deep-rooted in this community’s buildings. My research into the metabolism of building materials, and interspecies competition and prolific reproduction informed my photo-based experimentation and intervention in the shed.
For this installation, I wove double-sided prints of a decaying forest floor into the shed walls. The photographs of decaying matter entangled the building as if subjecting it to a process of decline and regeneration. The prints were part of an ecosystem of unpredictable weather, barn swallow nesting, chewing insects and growing fungus in a summer-long collaboration that overlapped organic and human environments.