My Erupture

by nicolebanowetz

Erupture: My microscopic Life-cycle.

An inflatable installation for the Arvada Center’s Unbound.  


The surreal landscape pulses with struggle:  my erupture is bursting, spilling, vomiting, and disintegrating.  Debris is scattered across the landscape: spilled from split and bursting forms, but the process and the purpose is unclear. 


The forms are inspired by microscopic images of nature.  A variety of enlarged parasitic fungus and other plant life are present.  These fungus must harm other plants to survive, bursting open to release their spores.  This seemingly violent action is a necessary part of their life-cycle.


The arrangement recalls dioramas from natural history museums, with large groupings of forms stretching along the edges of the gallery.