Step by Step
By Marissa Gravett, Dog(s), Raccoon(s) and Unidentified Bird(s)

Started on: 04/24/13 00:58:39
Medium: Visual

In class, we were told to go outside and do an improvised collaboration with one of the non-human animals that we found (or traces of them). As I walked around the lagoon, I noticed how muddy parts of the ground were. My classmates and Lisa pointed out several animal footprints that made their defined imprint in the mud. I identified dog, raccoon, and bird footprints. Footprints are images that are left behind. They indicate the presence of an animal at one point or another even thought they might be long gone. It is interesting to think that the animals that inhabit the lagoon area show their presence and impact on the habitat even though they are not physically present. By surveying these footprints, I was able to obtain a general idea of what types of animals use the lagoon area as their habitat.
I decided to collaborate with these animals and leave my mark along side theirs in the mud. Whenever I saw an identifiable footprint, I placed my foot in the mud, applied pressure, and left my footprint. I then photographed my collaboration. My reasoning for this collaboration was to leave a mark that indicated my presence so that the animals would know that I was there and that I had shared the same space as them. Humans have a very large effect on wild habitats due to such things a pollution and disturbance of wildlife. I wanted to make my presence shown without disrupting the nature of the lagoon.

bird footprint and my footprint

dog footprint and my footprint

raccoon footprint and my footprint

[Write Comment]

Comment by kedwards (04/28/13 21:59:17):
I really like the simplicity of this collaboration. Not only are the images interesting, but I also like the concept of representing how animals and humans share a common space and often common experiences even if we don't usually notice/acknowledge such a coexistence. We all share this planet and use it for similar purposes, and I think this type of collaboration which entails leaving some sort of mark behind, whether it be literal or more metaphorical, is a good way to get people thinking about the other species around them.