Triptych Altarpiece | Mary Abma

The Triptych Altarpiece can be set up as a community-engaged, site-specific installation.

Terra Dulcis: Triptych Altarpiece set up at Durham Art Gallery, 2013

Triptych Altarpiece Installation--Installation with seeds, soil, and one year of precipitation in printer drawers and on printer cabinet with 365 communion glasses, 2012, approx. 8’(h) X 10’(d) X 4’(w)

The Triptych Altarpiece is an installation containing soil, seeds, and water--the bounty given to my land. This installation brings into view those parts of our landscape that we tend to ignore on a day-to-day basis. By placing them along with fragments of images, text, and historical documents, into an altarpiece made from antique printer drawers, I address the idea that in this era of easy access to information, we have collectively lost knowledge about the natural world and have also lost a sense of the sacredness of our land and what it produces--that we feel neither properly thankful for nor nurturing of the interconnected systems that sustain us.

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The Triptych Altarpiece can be set up as a community-engaged, site-specific installation. To see some examples, click on the links below.