For and in consideration of the great love I bear: Does a tree have standing?</i>, a project commissioned by ATHICA, the Athens Georgia Institute of Contemporary Art

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KATIE HARGRAVE
For and in consideration of the great love I bear: Does a tree have standing?, a project commissioned by ATHICA, the Athens Georgia Institute of Contemporary Art, September 2012

Katie Hargrave earned an MA (2011) and MFA (2012) in Intermedia and Video from the University of Iowa.

About this project:

What is ownership? A popular Athens tourist site, the Tree that Owns Itself, calls into question human's relationship with nature. Can we control or really own any living thing? Viewers are invited to take a flag and acorn, plant it, help it thrive, and give ownership of their little tree to itself.

The artist writes this about her work:

"As an artist and activist I use community-oriented research to investigate the creation of mythologies, the historical record, and the landscape. I make my research visible by creating artwork that allows various, sometimes conflicting, perspectives to come into contact. Americans have forged a historical record that lives in the everyday experiences of this country--in landmarks, place names, policy decisions, museum displays, and most importantly in the stories we tell and the stories told about us. They are true and fictitious, visible and invisible, made and maintained. They are specific reflections of traditional American patriotic desires and fears, possibilities and impossibilities, failures and successes. These stories are affected by the underbelly, as those who fail to fit within the mold create moments of friction. I work with and investigate these stories to make them known, put them in context, and question their unstated place in our understanding of history."

Katie Hargrave's website

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