Based off Ben Kinmont’s Sometimes a nicer sculpture is being able to provide for your family and Occupational Realism which deals with the negotiation between the realms of work and art, this project provides sustenance for ants within a gallery space, becoming part of their daily lives and routine. Roses are prone to aphids in their early stages of growth, who share a mutual symbiotic relationship with ants, reminiscent to farming. Ants are drawn to grease and sugar which then help to facilitate the initial labour between ant and space, leading to decomposition and further fertilization, promoting seed growth. The gallery becomes a site of work and life for the ants. The contextual framing of gallery places the onus on the viewer to determine whether or not the ants activities are considered “art”. Sometimes a nicer sculpture is being able to provide for you colony and ecosystem becomes an action of imposing human ideology onto nature.
Exhibited as part of the show Against the Anthropocene: A Museum for Ants curated by Chelsea Yuill.