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Dutch Boy #Z-68 Aqua Electra

Atta sexdens ant tracks in ink on Dutch Boy paint sample, 2.5” x 2.5”, 2009

During a residency at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon I offered Dutch Boy “Home Decorator” series paint samples, along with non-toxic ink, to a colony of leaf cutter ants.
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Double Dutch

Archival digital print of Dutch Boy #Z-68 Aqua Electra, 72” x 72”, 2010

The following year, I enlarged the print to human-scale, showing the dried ink and half-tone dots of the paint sample from the ant’s point of view, and returned with it to the original site. The 72”x72” print was then torn into pieces and “fed” to the colony of leaf cutters.
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Video, 2013

Video clip showing some of the ants collecting the pieces and bringing them into the nest, while others are removing them.
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Video, 2013

Video clip of ants bringing print pieces into the nest.
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Installation view, White Box Gallery, Portland, OR, 2012 2 Video projections, print remnants, paint sample, magnifying glass.

Gallery 1: Video projection of ants cutting and collecting print pieces, projected over print fragments.
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Installation view, White Box Gallery, Portland, OR, 2013

Trail of torn pieces leads up the wall from one room to another, ending up at the nest video.
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Installation view, White Box Gallery, Portland, OR, 2013

Gallery 2: Video projection of ants bringing print pieces into their nest, projected over print fragments.
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