Andrea Bowers is known for making art in the service of the campaigns for gender equality and environmentalism. A recent piece, #sweetjane, examined a 2012 Ohio case in which two members of the Steubenville High School football team were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl.
Bowers’ two works in the SITE biennial deal with real-life cases of land rape. Memorial to Arcadia Woodlands Clear-Cut (Green, Violet, and Brown) is a hanging sculpture made of cords and wood pieces. “I was arrested for trying to save a forest of trees in Arcadia, California, with three other activists,” she said in an interview from her Los Angeles home. “Upon my release I went to the site of the clear-cut, and there were huge piles of chipped wood. They had put all the oaks and sycamores in tree chippers. I went out there and filled a pickup truck with wood chips. I wanted to try to make a memorial, a small gesture of monumentalizing those trees.”
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