Madam I’m Adam is a palindrome. Palindromes are found in various forms: numerically, acoustically, biologically etc. A palindrome DNA structure allows the Y-chromosome to repair itself by bending over at the middle if one of the sides is damaged.
This past spring, Elon Musk revealed details for his highly anticipated SpaceX program, with the goal of establishing a human colony on Mars. Also, this past week, The International Geological Congress met in Cape Town to recommend the declaration of a new geological epoch. We are no longer living in the Holocene. The Anthropocene, or the epoch in history marked by human activity, denotes a significant turning point for the Earth, where the behaviors of humans moves its own fate.
A fried eggroll, a pepperoni pizza, a Nasal Cannula, Birth Control, an AK-47 magazine, a horseshoe crab, some human ribs, a raptor claw, all swolled up!
In ancient times, an eternal flame was kept for a light source, warmth, means to cook and to defend. According to the book of Leviticus, fire came from the presence of the lord and should therefore serve as a constant reminder of god’s power; god is the consuming fire. Eventually the bulbs will burn out, but a new screen can conceivably replace them.
All existence and energy is reoccurring, Time is not linear; it’s cyclical, etc., eg the scarab in Ancient Egypt, the wheel of life in Buddhism, and Nietzsche’s sandglass.
Horseshoe crab blood contains a chemical that is capable of detecting and containing mere traces of bacterial presence, and will then coagulate into a gel. We have been unable to synthesize this chemical , so each year we bleed out millions of horseshoe crabs in order to extract what we need.
Trilobites roamed the seas for over 270 millions years, but where are they now? What forms have they taken? Everyone remembers Nokia cell phones, playing snake. The artist’s mother’s Pantene bottles.
Will these objects and organisms return in the same bodies or forms, or have we moved beyond that? Must we be stewards of this Earth, tenders to the flame, or can we simply pick up and recolonize?
Christine Navin (b. 1986, New York) lives and works in Queens, NY. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 2008 and MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Recent shows include Open Shelf: Eternal Returns at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Septillion at Flower Box Projects and Though You’ve Hit a Bump at 315 Gallery. This is her first solo exhibition in New York.