TRAVIS MITZEL

JARRED OUROBOROS —
2019
  1. STATEMENT
  2. DOCUMENTATION

CARBON SEQUESTRATION —
2018
  1. STATEMENT
  2. DOCUMENTATION
  3. ADDITIONAL NOTES

GLOBAL MOSS GENERATOR —
2018
  1. STATEMENT
  2. STUDIO DOCUMENTATION
  3. CATALOG OF MOSS
  4. MAINTENANCE

PUPFISH SHELF —
2018
    1. STATEMENT
    2. STUDIO DOCUMENTATION
    3. INTERVIEW
    4. ADDITIONAL NOTES

WILLING EFFORT —
2018
    1. STATEMENT
    2. MANIFESTO
    3. H.Q. DOCUMENTATION
    4. ADDITIONAL NOTES

CUBES —
2016-2017
    1. STATEMENT
    2. IMAGES
    3. ADDITIONAL NOTES

FOETIDA BITUMEN —
2015
    1. STATEMENT
    2. IMAGES
    
PRISTINE NATURE —
2013-2017
    1. STATEMENT
    2. IMAGES
    3. ADDITIONAL NOTES

TRAVIS MITZEL 
IS A CHICAGO-PITTSBURGH BASED ARTIST FOCUSED ON CONFRONTING CLIMATE CATASTROPHE, DEALING WITH ECO-ANXIETY, AND PRACTICING NEW ECO-MYTHOLOGY. 

Mark
JARRED OUROBOROS — STATEMENT


The Ouroboros, a snake or dragon swallowing its own tail, historically symbolizes the infinite.The form represents life and death and their constant renewal and replenishing of one another. Lately, the Ouroboros has been used to describe the tendencies of feedback loops, which earth systems scientists are warning human society will be largely unable to stop when activated. Ice Albedo Feedback is a good example, as Arctic sea ice melts it exposes more seawater. Seawater absorbs more heat from the sun increasing the surface temperature which causes more ice to melt. The positive feedback loop has begun, more ice melt leads to more ice melt. Eventually, there will be no ice at all or something will cause dramatic climate change putting the feedback in reverse. Less ice melt leads to less ice melt.


I began considering Ouroboros as real objects. Had I stumbled upon the perfect replacement pet? An animal form with low maintenance.The Ouroboros needs never be fed it has taken care of that itself. It also never really needs attention paid to it, it is already dead what could go wrong? The jar itself would only need fluids changed out once every few decades. As an art object, it can cost as much as a designer dog. However also as an art object, it will just exist as itself in perpetuity. Dogs can not do that, they die and turn to dust. Anyway, I began jarring Ouroboros. Now available in Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large, and Jumbo sizes. Contact for price.