Legacy, originally commissioned by SXSW, illustrates the calamitous forces of climate disaster and dislocation by animating an abstracted tree as it twists, breaks apart, and coalesces. Formally the drawing transitions from organic bark-like marks, to inorganic, metaphorically urban, glass and mirror fragments. Using original digital mark making to render organic forms underscores the artist's intention to highlight unnatural developments of all kinds.
Legacy emerged from Nancy Baker Cahill’s desire to transform awareness about the urgent and interrelated effects of inequality and human-centered decision making through the ephemeral medium of AR. The drawing attempts to push new media in uncharted directions, and prompt discoveries related to the (re)evolution of nature, and the accelerated consequences of human intervention and impact. Legacy will be shown over the Pacific Ocean as part of the three-person ‘Synthetic Wilderness’ exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery in September 2021.