27 September 2016

Mohavix

The Mohave Rattlesnake is the most venomous and hottest to strike of snakes in the Sonoran Desert. That being said, her symbiotic relationship with rodents is immeasurably important to the ecosystem. She's just doing her job very well.

With this piece I was thinking about margins and targets. Margins of the senses, margins of territory, margins of safety. Margins are breached by predator and prey. Territories filled with targets of seed bearing plants and rodent trails. Safety is staying outside the margins and sometimes below the ground's surface.  I imagine these invisible zones growing and shrinking from minute to minute as creatures hunt and hide. Plants set up slower seasonal margins of fruiting and flowering, as well as being a home to birds, lizards, insects and rodents. If you can see these invisible margins, you realize the dynamic interconnectedness of the desert biome.


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