Field Companion Artist’s Reception

Philadelphia based artists Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib have created a new immersive film and installation for Rowan University Art Gallery set in a microcosmic forest based loosely on the pine barrens that dot Southern NJ. Like many, the duo found refuge and release throughout the Covid-19 pandemic hiking and foraging in these remote, natural landscapes. As America’s social fabric frayed deeply in recent months and years, they considered forest ecosystems in terms of symbiotic and collaborative relationships that sustain coexistence and community.
In this project, the forest has been condensed and transplanted to a terrarium in the artists’ studio. Twelve cubic feet of pines, shrubs, ferns, moss, fungus and carnivorous plants are reflected infinitely in the terrarium’s mirrored walls and captured with a motion-controlled camera and specialized macro lens that dramatically shift the scale and perspective of this miniature landscape. Hironaka & Suib transform this microcosmic film set into the home of chimeric forest dwellers who consider themes of precarity, mutualism and collaborative survival.

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