Red Planet

Borrowing from the genre of "invasion literature," this project imagines the much-persecuted prairie dog as a potential inter-planetary traveler. In this world, the war-like language of humans who feel embattled against this "pest" species is displaced to the planet named for the God of War. The narrative is told through a series of dioramas and accompanying captions, while a colony of prairie dogs listens intently to the War of the Worlds broadcast. Radio as a transmission across space emphasizes the importance of context in labeling a species as "pest" or "invader."

Stuffed fabric prairie dogs, buttons, rug, vintage 1930′s radio, collage, series of 6 wood and acrylic painted dioramas, caption wall text.

Photos: Will Arnold