Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik

Hailing from the Pikes Peak region, visual artists Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik prove that art is inherently powerful and transformational. This site-specific installation is inspired by Ragnarök, a series of future events in Norse mythology in which the death of major figures, various natural disasters, and the complete submersion of the world in fire and water ultimately results in a fertile rebirth, reconciliation of the gods, and re-population of the human race. Given the destructive wildfires and floods that have wreaked havoc on our region in recent years, Ragnarök serves as a cautionary tale, asking us to consider our sacred and practical responsibilities to the earth, and asks us to think of our family as something far beyond our kin and to envision a more holistic world in which our roots may literally be found in the forest.

Ragnarök: a series of future events in Norse mythology in which the death of major figures, various natural disasters, and the complete submersion of the world in fire and water ultimately results in a fertile rebirth. Ragnarök: Anthropocene considers the progression of Norse mythological tales through current environmental and political context. The term anthropocene, in this context, draws attention to the human roles in creation and destruction.

Ragnarök: Anthropocene is the collaborative effort of artists from the Pikes Peak region Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik. The development of the installation includes academic, linguistic, anatomical, and technical research. To provide a glimpse into the progression of ideas and physical elements Ragnarök Anthropocene Excavated was created in collaboration with the artists and Briget Heidmous, Assistant Curator.  Slideshow

Photographs by Mark Reis
Sponsors
The Mary K. Chapman Foundation NEA