prairie


Dear Lover — I’ve traveled across space, time, and layers of machinery to meet you here. I both weep at the distance and know there is none. The moment you read these words, a collapse. This collapse, a future technology. This collapse, ancestral magic recovered.

I call you Lover not for the ways we’ve touched. You most likely will leave this earth and never know my face. But what you make here, I feel beneath my feet. What you speak here, I eat and breathe. By the end of this life, you will have built and broken my body thousands of times.

This intimacy, a future technology. This intimacy, ancestral magic recovered. We are bound material — digital, cellular — functioning as one.

This is a singular human kind of love. A love that builds and breaks the earth millions of times. There is no distance. We are what we extract from and destroy. To what end?

Lover, we could build a home. Anywhere we lay, our wedding bed. This is my proposal. My plea. Will you be tender?

Sincerely yours.

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Daisy chain. A flower garland, a wiring sequence, a sex configuration, a climbing failsafe, a synthesizer series, a web of lovers, the links between us, visible and celebrated, hidden and unknown, forgotten. Together, an interdependence. A unit. A functional operation. Daisy Chain. A solo exhibition featuring new work by undisciplined artist Amina Ross, claiming love as recovered ancestral practice and future technology. Intimacy as life hack.

- Kemi Alabi


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'2:22, Soft Still, Joelle&Zac' Digital print on silk, grommets, lipstick, and earrings 2018

'2:22, Soft Still, Joelle&Zac' Digital print on silk, grommets, lipstick, and earrings 2018


Installation view.

'from the center of my earth-body/ that’s where i love you/ from.' 3D animation and window 2018

'from the center of my earth-body/ that’s where i love you/ from.' 3D animation and window 2018

Installation view.

Installation view.

'i love you/ from that place/ from this place/ everywhere and all the time/ can’t you tell?' Ceramic, nail polish, and shoelace 2018

'i love you/ from that place/ from this place/ everywhere and all the time/ can’t you tell?' Ceramic, nail polish, and shoelace 2018

'i love you/ from that place/ from this place/ everywhere and all the time/ can’t you tell?' Ceramic, nail polish, and shoelace 2018

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'by your hands i open/ spill out./ i’m the insideof an egg/ i pour/ we bloom/ magma rushing from a jagged crown of earth/ molten and dangerous and alive/ can’t you feel?' 3D animation, comforter, and embroidery floss on extension cord 2018

'by your hands i open/ spill out./ i’m the insideof an egg/ i pour/ we bloom/ magma rushing from a jagged crown of earth/ molten and dangerous and alive/ can’t you feel?' 3D animation, comforter, and embroidery floss on extension cord 2018

Installation view.

'we are formalizing solidarity economies beyond familial bonds./ Re: Kali Akuno @ UIC/ Race & US Empire' Used comforters from artist’s family’s flooded apartment, digital print on cotton blend , machine embroidery, and miniature wood bed frame made of reclaimed wood 2018

'we are formalizing solidarity economies beyond familial bonds./ Re: Kali Akuno @ UIC/ Race & US Empire' Used comforters from artist’s family’s flooded apartment, digital print on cotton blend , machine embroidery, and miniature wood bed frame made of reclaimed wood 2018

'we are formalizing solidarity economies beyond familial bonds./ Re: Kali Akuno @ UIC/ Race & US Empire' Used comforters from artist’s family’s flooded apartment, digital print on cotton blend , machine embroidery, and miniature wood bed frame made of reclaimed wood 2018

Installation view.