glass, steel, water, oil, vinyl
45 x 12 x 12 in
(114 x 30 x 30 cm) x3
"Blue Blood," is an immersive, experiential work that explores the complex relationships between humans and the natural world. The installation draws attention to the demise of an ancient species, the Atlantic horseshoe crab, and its role in biomedical research. Through combining the use of technology commonly found in a medical settings, such as a white iPad, and elements of color, time, and sound, a disorienting and mesmerizing experience is formed that prompts viewers to consider their own impact on the natural world.
The repetitive 8-minute cycle, which mirrors the time it takes to bleed one horseshoe crab, serves as a reminder of the fragility of this ancient species and the interdependence of all life on Earth. The soundscape, which alternates between dripping and gushing liquid, mimics the experience of extraction and highlights the ethical concerns surrounding the use of horseshoe crabs in biomedical research.
In addition to the installation, there is a written component that explores the complex issues surrounding the killing of horseshoe crabs for biomedical purposes. The paper delves into the intersection of political, biological, and social systems and serves as a further investigation into the interconnectedness of all life on Earth.
"Blue Blood," prompts visitors to reflect on their own relationship with the natural world and the impact that humans have on the environment.