Romance of Mining
As a rockhound, I am interest in what gives some rocks, gems, and minerals more value over others. While exploring the mining history and culture of Green River, I wanted to privilege the minerals that hold obvious financial value (uranium, silver, copper, etc) with rocks that had interpersonal value to the residents of Green River.
In many ways, this body of work was looking at the practices of natural history museums and attempting to emulate them: the cold language of the labels, the minimal documentation, etc. For these specimens, I wanted to collect samples from mines as well as general interesting things I found while living in Green River and exploring the Colorado Plateau.
The Romance of Mining is a body of work that explores the intersection of natural history, land use, and the human impulses for love, control, and conflict. This work was made possible by Epicenter.