Inspired by #OctaviaButler’s science fiction series Xenogenesis (1989), Clarissa Tossin’s sculptural work explores the post-apocalyptic conditions of the Earth’s ecological collapse. In Xenogenesis, the human race saves itself from extinction by partnering with an alien species, the Oankali. The Oankalis teach humans how to live more harmoniously with nature with ecologically sustainable technologies. Tossin’s installation imagines a post-Oankali-human world in the rainforests of her native country, Brazil. A ruin of a world yet to come, she molded her own plastic waste to speak to the enduring footprint left by humans on the Earth. #MundosAlternosQM —————————————
Image: Clarissa Tossin, Future Fossil, 2018, Cedar tree trunk, rocks, roots, leaves, bark, soil, sand, plaster, cement, silicone, foam, resin, aluminum, foil, electronic waste, recycled plastics (PET, HDPE, LDPE, PP, PS). Courtesy the Queens Museum. Photo by Hai Zhang.