This work approaches questions of corporeality through sculpture, research, and writing, imagining a constant state of becoming with material flows, chemical/environment, and human/nonhuman others. In consideration of nonlinear body-making/biohacking, I ask how a study of materiality itself can provide a more thorough account of the ontologically agile body – one that is not inert or individually discrete but morphing and entangled. I consider transient molecules, material surroundings, and symbiogeneic quorum sensing, making studio work around the site of the particle, cocoon, and microbiome/chemical.
Inspired by the particulate versatility of unfired clay as a material that can be reformed while retaining memory of past forms, I focus on a primarily ontological question: how does this motion at material units contribute to the morphing potential of the nonindividual body?
Special thanks to Anne Schwartz for allowing my biohazardous experiments to take over our home and doing so many kind things for me. Thanks also to Tee Topor for sharing their energy and knowledge, and to Caleb Stone for what I hope to be just the beginning of our collaborative thinking together.