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ReWilding

The ReWilding project is an investigation of humankind's relationship to wilderness spaces.

The project begins by documenting wilderness areas overlapping spaces occupied by human activity. Photographs, video and story will be used at a later date to create installation artwork.

The motivation for this work has been my observation of a dismantling of wilderness landscapes, and an urge to preserve a record for the future.

In 2018 I traveled from the Interior through South Central Alaska to Homer with the ReWilding[lab], a mobile art studio, scouting locations and collecting material for the project. In the summer of 2019 this journey will pick up where it left off!

To follow this journey link to:

https://www.sherylmareereily.com/blog/2018/6/30/welcome

Or share your Wilderness experience stories by calling 1+ 805 930 9330

For a formal description of the ReWilding Project, scroll down.

Formal Project Description

ReWilding is a series of large-scale, digitally projected images that dramatically merge human activity with expanses of wilderness. Via live video, built spaces overlay remote wilderness sites and undeveloped landscapes are cast onto interior and exterior surfaces of urban structures.

Conceptual rendition

On the surface of a calving glacier, cars tank up at a convenience store in an apocalyptic premonition of a future without wild spaces and an eerie convergence of energies between the power of gasoline and the explosiveness of melting ice.

An ‘original’ landscape covers interior and exterior surfaces of a decommissioned box store -- to immerse spectators in the building’s ‘re-stored' condition and the site’s previously undeveloped state, effectively making the building disappear.

A carpet of AstroTurf unfurls across a massive stretch of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while tundra turf carpets the playing field of a decaying sports stadium in a dust-bowl.

SUMMARY

ReWilding is a series of spectacular convergences between man and nature, variously sited in remote wilderness locations and urban structures. Through 3-D digital mapping, large-scale projection of video or still images onto non-flat surfaces (buildings, trees), will create immersive site-specific events that deepen environmental awareness and position human activity in direct relationship to the natural world.

Sites will emerge from organic collaborations with stakeholders and entail archival research intended of bring transparency to the social, economic and environmental issues in play.  What plays out at the local level is an aspect of global flows, yet it is at the local level that intervention must occur.

Each intervention will be accessible via web-based media, live feed and documented for subsequent exhibition.