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Floating Artifacts Installation Science and Engineering Complex at Tufts University
Floating Artifacts InstallationScience and Engineering Complex at Tufts University
36" x 48" each

Floating Artifacts examines the life cycles of ocean debris—from ancient organisms, to fossil fuel at the base of the ocean, to quickly manufactured plastic toys and tools on land, and back to the ocean as floating fragments of contemporary life.

As an ongoing project, Rydz conducts coastal field studies, gleaning tiny samples of debris that have washed ashore. She magnifies and documents her findings under a microscope to create portrait-sized photographs. The resulting body of work encourages active contemplation about the material properties of these samples in relation to our ideas about oceans, time, and the production of everyday objects.