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Erotic Ecologies

Jenna John

Plaster sculpture suspended on clear acrylic rods and 4 monitors mounted on steel poles on a wooden base, 2022

Undergraduate
Erotic Ecologies is an interdisciplinary performance, romance, and celebration of bodily collisions involving a hole and ecological study of soil, plant communities, and animal inhabitants within a 15 by 15 meter plot of a forested ecosystem. In building a relationship with this place, I brought together scientific inquiry and artistic expression through a research-based creative practice in order to explore how we understand, see, and interact with the non-human world. The exhibition for Erotic Ecologies accumulated in a sculptural video installation of the hole that reveals animal collaborators and eroticism in the ecological study of a landscape. There is also a zine with collected writing and images telling part of the story of how I fell in love with this hole. The exhibition and this writing commemorate my creative process, unfolding relationship with a hole, and the erotic discoveries in the meeting of bodies. All together, Erotic Ecologies is a lifelong creative practice that facilitates a synergistic meeting place for art and ecology to reveal new ways of being and relating beyond the Anthropocene.