Works on Paper Projects Exhibitions Words About Archive

Lignum Vitae

Portable Memories in Rising Seas (with Fifty-Fifty art collective)

Terra Tumultum

Stories for Fishes (with Fifty-Fifty art collective)

Odes and Epochs


MSIG Pilot Project

Blindspot Galleries

PMRS Miami zine side 1

PMRS Miami zine side 2

FIFTY-FIFTY is an artist collective founded by Lisa Bulawsky and Laurencia Strauss, working at the intersection of individual experience and the public sphere, negotiating cultural tensions through socially engaged participatory art practices.

Portable Memories in Rising Seas is a socially engaged, multi-media project about sea level rise. The project works to connect memory and climate change to create antidotes for grief. Using the force of memory, the project evokes a sense of interdependence with others facing the force of water. The uncertainties brought by current climate change predictions are a threat to place and are also a catalyst for expression and a renewed sense of belonging.

Project Description
With interdisciplinary art methodologies, Fifty-Fifty art collective is engaging residents of South Florida to generate dialogue and to create an archive of reflections, providing an opportunity for the implications of climate change data to manifest on individual and collective levels. At community events, the public is invited to engage in film screenings, dialogue, and visual responses through mark-making. Reflection and imagination act as adaptive aids to envision the future. Discussions of proleptic mourning (anticipatory grief) and solastalgia (homesickness while one is still at home) give space for pause and open steps towards action. Following the public events, the participants’ drawings are interpreted into prints that become both archive and monument to local experience. Fifty-Fifty also shares participants’ stories underwater with nearby sea life in an attempt to keep memories local. The prints and video ask – how do we grapple with the implications of climate change as they manifest on individual and collective levels in a place we are still actively creating?