Future Construct will be a temporal, short-duration, site-specific installation of paper sculptures at different locations within Matheson Hammock. The installation will be documented, and the work will persist through digital images, and perhaps through objects. The paper sculpture will be a small-scale paper reproduction of a concrete masonry block, created by hand by the artist from collagraph plates. (The concrete masonry block is one of the foundational units of construction for many of the buildings in South Florida and has several complex associations with both the place and the people.) The components used to assemble the sculpture will be intaglio-inked collagraph prints on an inexpensive paper. They will be placed in water, muck, sand, along the shoreline, and nestled among the mangroves. The installation will contribute to their deterioration. The damage caused by installing them within the landscape will conceptually allude to the effect of rising seas on individual structures and real estate and development in South Florida.
Kathleen Hudspeth lives and works in Coral Gables, Florida. She received an MFA in printmaking from the University of Miami in 2009, as well as a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas in 2000. In 2017, she exhibited prints at HistoryMiami Museum.