Bonneville Assessments; a re-constructed collection of documents, detritus, and sediment from hazardous industrial sites in the Bonneville Basin.
The Bonneville Basin is a large endochronic basin which exemplifies geological time on a massive scale. Humans have inhabited the area for about 13,000 years, but just recently in the last 100 years it has become a home to many large extraction, incineration, and military testing facilities. The vast, flat basins of this area became mostly devoid of human life after the indigenous population was displaced onto small reservations, paving the way for an industrial make-over. Between chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons, dioxins from magnesium extraction, smoke from hazardous waste incineration, and dust storms fed by salt extraction, there are a myriad of toxic agents being released into the airshed. As a life-long inhabitant of the Bonneville Basin, I have a vested interest in the health of this ecosystem and cleanliness of the airshed.
Many modern artists have made land art in and about the Bonneville Basin, however most did not understand or acknowledge the contested history of the land they were using as a medium. This series utilizes discarded hazardous waste manuals, minerals, and industrial relics to participate in and narrate the Bonneville Basin’s complete history.