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For the 9th Mercosul Biennial, four Brazilian species of freshwater and marine sponges rendered in wool, hand-dyed with plants and insects. Cooperatively produced with students from VCUarts (who traveled to participate) and artists in Porto Alegre. Installed in two recessed brick "tanks" seen only from above in the Usina do Gasometro, a former thermoelectric plant on the Guaiba lake. In this tank, "On Resisting the Separation of the Continents," two freshwater species: Oncosclera jewelli and Druila browni. The marine tank, "Gene for an Eye," is here.

On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013
HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Oncosclera jewelli sponge, rendered in wool. An expedition to see the living sponges is here

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Visitors looking down on Drulia browni (in portal) and Oncosclera jewelli sponges, rendered in wool. An expedition to see the living sponges is here
Photo courtesy of the Mercosul Biennial Foundation.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Drulia browni (in portal) and Oncosclera jewelli sponges, rendered in wool. An expedition to see the living sponges is here
Photo courtesy of the Mercosul Biennial Foundation.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Two recessed "tanks" in the Usina do Gasometro. L: "On Resisting the Separation of the Continents." R: "Gene for an Eye."

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Exhibition view, 9th Mercosul Biennial, Usina do Gasometro, Porto Alegre.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

With Lindsay Clements at the Porto Alegre studio of Marcia Braga.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Luciane Bucksdricker, project Producer, at the studio.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

With VCUarts students Gavin Foster and Lindsay Clements at the studio in Porto Alegre.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Gavin Foster, Lindsay Clements, Luciane Bucksdricker making felt.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Arthur Lang and Gavin Foster at work.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Lindsay Clements and Juliana Scheid laying a "batt" of wool.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Wet felting instruction. With Juliana Scheid, Sarah Szekir-Papasavva, Francesco Settineri and Lindsay Clements.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Designing an Oncosclera jewelli sponge with Arthur Lang.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

With Dr. Cecilia Volkmer Ribeiro, the marine biologist who discovered the Oncosclera jewel sponge. L to R: Juliana Scheid, Sarah Szekir-Papasavva, Gavin Foster, Lindsay Clements, Dr. Ribeiro, Francesco Settineri.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Biennial mediators and VCUarts students working in the Porto Alegre studio.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Getting to work.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Porto Alegre studio, Petropolis.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Scouring freshly-dyed green wool.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Green wool, drying at the VCUarts dye lab in Richmond, VA.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Dipping yellow wool in indigo vat to make green. With Gavin Foster.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Just-dipped green wool dripping indigo.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Indigo tests.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Indigo dip.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Yellow wool, dyed with weld, cooling.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Making yellow with dyer's weld.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Measuring weld, a plant dye that will make yellow.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Wool dyed with cutch, drying.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Measuring out cutch to make brown wool.

HOPE GINSBURG On Resisting the Separation of the Continents, 2013

Measuring white wool, mordanted with Potassium Alum, for dyeing.

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