Deathless is a land installation that serves as a meditation on natural cycles, entropy and impermanence – permanence in change.
The work challenges our understanding of the desert as a fixed, lifeless and eternal landscape. Functioning as a kind of long-term entropic sand mandala; a section of earth is elevated year-after-year and carefully arranged on an isolated black altar. The earth gradually erodes from the black surface until it is completely returned to the desert. It mirrors our struggle to create order in the natural world; our battle to maintain order in our own lives; and our desire for a fixed, secure and permanent self. The reassembled and gradually eroding sections of earth are milestones towards finality.
The series was completed after 1192 days, when the last altar piece disappeared.