Risk Board Game, Corn, Pine Tree, Dandelion, Cottonwood Tree, Grass, and Compass Plant seeds, Fake dirt, Paper, Glue
DIRT is part of Container's third Multitudes Series in which artists and writers were asked to transform a vintage board game into a one-of-a-kind text object. DIRT (transformed from RISK), considers the ways that land is defined and occupied. I replaced the army pieces with various seeds and the deck of cards with an accordion book that incorporates visual elements of the natural world and the nostalgia of childhood. The board itself became a three-dimensional garden in the way of a pop-up book that uses images cut from used gardening books. Flowers, bushes, and trees are pieced together in shapes and colors that mimic the countries outlined on the board. Finally, the rule book is replaced with a meditation on the plants that define the experience of my childhood home. DIRT was purchased by the Decker Library at Maryland Institute College of Art.