Distort Displace reflects Schmidtߣs ongoing exploration of future landscapes, climate change, and artificial habitats, as well as her interest in our response to the drastic changes human activity has brought about in the natural environment. Every year, massive ice shelves break apart and reform at the poles, a dramatic and violent process that is normalized due to its regularity ߝ but which is accelerating and shifting due to climate change. Distort Displace introduces the cracking forms of an ice shelf onto the grounds of AAC, asking viewers how they would respond to the dissolution and instability of the very ground beneath their feet. Several low platforms covered in AstroTurf are illuminated from below with pulsing lights, mimicking waves or moving tides. Viewers are invited stand on the platforms or sit in one of the lawn chairs attached to them and consider their own response to life in an ever-shifting and unstable environment.&#a0;
Distort Displace is the first in a series of outdoor installation projects that will take place as part of AACߣs 2018-2019 exhibition season through the generous support of the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. The series begins with Schmidtߣs Distort Displace in November 2018 and runs through the end of the summer of 2019. Other projects in the series will include installations by DC-based sculptor and public artist Patrick McDonough and New York-based installation and fiber artist Amanda Browder.
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