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Dyson creates work that raises exigent issues regarding climate, ecosystems, architecture, infrastructure, and systems—bringing them into conversation with historical and contemporary meditations on the interiority, agency, and genius of Black and Brown people’s spatial practices. Dyson’s art spans painting, drawing, sculpture, animation, and collaboration with her performance collective, Dark Adaptive.
The physical manifestation of Dyson’s residency project, Bird and Lava, will be featured at the Wex in early 2021 as part of the group exhibition Climate Changing: On Artists, Institutions, and the Social Environment, curated by Lucy Zimmerman. This new body of work, perhaps Dyson’s most personal to date, focuses on the industrial in relationship to what is “at hand”—knowledge, tools, skills. Bird and Lava will be accompanied by a website that is a fluid index of resources, reflections, speculation, and critical fabulation. The website was generated while Dyson has been working in isolation during the pandemic and the nation’s renewed reckoning with white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence.
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