Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve & Nature Center installation (2016)

This body of work, comprised of slip-cast and wheel-thrown ceramic forms, asks audiences to become aware of their bodily relationship to the environment by placing a universal unit of understanding – the hand – in to the flora and fauna of the forest. The ceramic groupings highlight the relationship between humans and the environment by integrating a primary mode of interaction, the hand, in to forms resembling animals, rocks, and leaves. The fingers of Filter Feeders relate the haptic method of humans processing their world to the tentacles of sea creatures, which are also a primary means of interacting with and understanding the world. The hand-molded rocks of Natural Formation reference the human involvement in shaping the environment, while the leaf-like Fallen Leaves imitate the cycle of death and renewal found in deciduous trees and the human life.