An interactive installation at Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, DIRTdoors is a public work that reimagines our relationships with local landscape. Visitors were invited to open doors into the ground and spend time with the billions of living organisms underfoot. The main site was a flood plain between the wildlife sanctuary and the Gardens for Nutrition, organic community gardens sharing tools, compost and knowledge. Several more doors were spread out inside the sanctuary. During the installation time were several DIRT Dialogues, organized times for tea and conversation about equitable food and land practices.
This installation was made with the Dorsky Museum for Rooted: Art + Land, a collaboration between the Dorsky Museum, Walkill Valley Land Trust, Women's Studio Workshop and Cronin Gallery for Upstate Art Weekend 2021, and was made possible with a grant from Women's Studio Workshop.
Site flooding after Hurricane Ida. Nutrients from the river fertilized the land; community gardens were temporarily disrupted, with some crop losses.