Chris Drury Life in the Field of Death Nevada 2, 2008


Life in the Field of Death Nevada 2, 2008

Stencilled text drawing

Nuclear test site earth on paper

133 x 107 cm



Chris Drury Life in the Field of Death Nevada 2  shows the partial gene sequence of Microcoleus vaginata. This is a cyanobacteria from the soils of the Nevada nuclear test site. Soil biologist Dr Lynn Fenstermaker found it surviving through 100 atmospheric nuclear tests. In collaboration with her, Chris stencilled its partial gene sequence by hand, using soils from the nuclear test site.

Not only has this microscopic organism survived extreme radiation, but it is in fact one of the most ancient organisms on Earth. It first learned to turn CO2 into oxygen and paved the way for life on the planet. We owe our existence to it.

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About the artist

Chris Drury is a key exhibitor in GroundWork’s exhibition Natures Mysterious Networks. He is an artist with an enormous international reputation and long experience making art in, with and about nature. Chris normally travels a great deal. He responds to diverse requests for exhibitions, collaborations, installations and site specific works outside.

Chris describes himself as an environmental artist. He makes site specific nature based sculpture, or land art. His work connects different phenomena in the world, opposites and contrasts. Specifically he works between nature and culture, inner and outer space and microcosm and macrocosm. Often he collaborates with scientists and technicians from a broad spectrum of disciplines. He is prepared to use whatever visual means, technologies and materials best suit the situation.

Recent projects include a residency at The Nirox Foundation in The Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, working with paleontologists, geologists and anthropologists,  a British Antarctic Survey residency in Antarctica, a work for the Australian National University in Canberra and an exhibition about place, ecology and politics at The Nevada Museum of Art called Mushrooms|Clouds.