Solo Mesoporos (2014)
Hyde Park Art Center (2014)
10’ Maine peapod rowboat (hand-built), 55- gallon barrel, helium tank, carbon dioxide tank, water sample (Chicago River), scaffolding, emergency weather radio, clamp lights
A hand-built boat constructed of white oak and reclaimed lumber sourced from urban arborists in Sokie, IL & the Rebuilding Exchange in Chicago, IL, Eva is a literal and metaphoric vehicle. Supported in part by 6018 North, her maiden voyage took place in October 2013 with rowing partner Lia Rousset as a site-specific event within a larger curatorial project organized by Tricia van Eyck for the EdgeUP festival. Eva is a tool for traversing the surface of lakes and rivers, ensuring a minimal level of preparedness for future rising waters and unstable land forms. As her motto "solo mesoporos" suggests-- roughly translating as "only halfway thorough the journey" -- Eva will continue to act as a catalyst for sculptural projects, actions and collaborative performances on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
Eva was most recently hung from the ceiling of the Hyde Park Art Center, counterbalanced against a water sample taken while rowing on the Chicago River, as part of the exhibition The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle curated by Christopher K. Ho, Allison Peters Quinn & Megha Ralapati for the Center's 75th year anniversary.