Machines Series and other performance based videos. Select film stills and videos available from each piece. Contact me for details.
Machines of Loving Grace
Machines of Loving Grace, Serenbe, GA, 2010 - 2011
Inspired by a Richard Brautigan poem, these Machines of Loving Grace allow nature to freely interact with technology. By placing the typewriters as the vulnerable component in this survivalist game, I intend to give nature a chance to play with technology.
As technology grows in our modern world we are constantly altering nature. While dominant culture continues to eradicate the natural with the synthetic, here I have turned the tables. In this abstracted work, I question where we are headed in a world that breathes technology. There is something innocent about allowing animals to play with these iconic symbols of technology, but is it quite different when you consider the opposite.
Attracted to the social and psychological boundaries that exist in our culture, I wanted to give the animals a way to break the boundaries between nature and the modern world, just as the modern world does so haphazardly everyday. Participation is always an important element in my creations, and here the predator and prey game is altered to place nature as the dominant player - Allowing nature to erase technology.
(sub)Urban Ghosts, Dunwoody, GA, 2011
Focusing on ideas of America's suburban encroachment into natural settings, (sub)Urban Ghosts engages the tension between urbanism and nature. Through a performative video installation this piece explores the ephemerality, identity and boundaries of America's booming suburbs.
(sub)Urban Ghosts embodies themes of rapid technology, growing urbanism and the constant alterations of our natural environment through human intervention. The installation, video and photo documentation capture the movements of the now subversive animals we live amongst as we develop the natural landscape. The vintage televisions in the piece are representative for our outward actions as humans. Actions that are not dissimilar to the movements of technology and nature through space and time. As the subversive animals retract back into nature, pulling the strings from the televisions, they create a map that abstractly represents time, space and movement through Atlanta's changing landscape. This work advocates a way for technology and nature to exist in conjunction with each other. (sub)Urban Ghosts encourages people to question the ways in which we move between technology and nature, urbanism and nature, our bodies and the land we live on.
Machines of Luring Grace
Hambidge Mill, North GA near Rabun Gap. 2012
Machines of the Mountains West
Machines of the Mountains West, Summit County / Breckenridge, Co, 2012 - 2013
Hailey Lowe Fennell is a multi-media artist focusing on the tension between urbanism and nature, technology and nature, our bodies and the land we live on. She is especially interested in how landscape is portrayed in her film stills and video work - which is often the only element we see of her performative work in nature. Fennell's Machines series questions how technology, nature and modern human nature can coexist.
Machines d' Italia
Assisi Italy, 2012
Machines of Ossabaw Island
Machines of Ossabaw Island, GA, 2013
Residency with the Walthall Fellowship supported through Wonderoot, Atlanta.
Cleansing Book Toss
In order to question the decisions individuals make according to their social and cultural values, this participatory piece invites viewers to play a game. The game acts as a way to get people to think about the boundaries or lines we draw for others.
Viewers were invited to take a book from the stacks of over 200 historically banned, challenged or burned books in American history and toss them into one of three soapy metal tubs of water. After their toss they won and were awarded a brick: a visual and physical representation of the weight they have to carry with them for cleansing a book - the modern way of censoring books.
When people choose to limit the resources available to others, they create boundaries. By masking these issues as a game, I want viewers to realize their personal values, choices and the walls they build for others.
also see www.thedirtylittlebookclub.wordpress.com
A look inside some beautiful homes featuring my work.