Dream Garden Anthropocene: Equilibrium of Mass Offering, 2022
Performance print, 35 mm photograph of land art performance on archival paper
About the Artist
Beau Bree Rhee (she/they) is a visual artist and choreographer whose work centers around body-space-ecologies. She works primarily with drawing and performance, often including an assemblage of poetry, scores, natural pigments and installation. The central themes of her research-based work are: radical dependencies with the environment, the body as a cosmic being, the multifarious roles of matter & language. Rhee is trilingual and tricultural (Korean-American-French). Her multi- modal practice relates to their diasporic identity. Their latest work Shadow of the Sea engages with the space of myth as a lyrical means to navigate the Anthropocene. Rhee has shown her work at institutions including The Kitchen; Madison Square Park Conservancy; Ma’s House BIPOC Art Studio; KW Institute for Contemporary Art/Berlin Biennale; Bard Graduate Center Gallery; Kaaitheater Bruxelles; Baryshnikov Arts Center; MoMA/PS1. Their work is in the MoMA Library and Research Collection, and has been in The New York Times. Rhee is an Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design, and has spoken as a guest artist at Guild Hall, Columbia University, and The Whitney Museum. She is based in NYC and is an amateur gardener.
About the Artwork
The photographic print documents a land art performance on a piece of land that I own here in NY on Long Island. It was an offering titled Equilibrium of Mass where I gave back to the land the same mass of plants/flowers as my body. The film photography ended up quite surrealistic and a bit poltergeist, with some repetitions that end up creating this image here. For an exhibition last year we ended up creating this print and another larger format print representing the performance.