RISD Nature lab- Sea Star

Observation: The Sea Star, with its brittle spiny texture has five arms which connect to a round body. Dried up and prickly, the outer layer texture is rough and does not appear to be welcoming to the human touch. The preserved starfish no longer had the smoother ectodermic appearance as it would have if it…

Nature Lab Crabs

 These are diagonal hands. Hands? claws. Claw is the word we use for these hands. Claw for hand. Hold. That is what hands do. Claws scratch. Tear. Spikes on claws, not hands. Diagonal lines. lines can be straight and diagonal. Diagonal depends on the angle but straight does not. Claw outlines are not straight….

RISD Nature Lab – Decentralizing of the Means

An Eyeball. Moonlight shrouding a dilated pupil a microphone a woodpecker lying supine. Periwinkle pup hoped Morocco? rlcmprnooiwoepepekhuciopd. Need not need not need not be a perfect sphere. Gelatinous and Asiatic, that is a foul. An Owl. Slick black buttons are found in the deepest pits, weary blood and tears leaking falling dripping rolling oozing….

On Cats and Carriers

How do you know well before the carrier comes out of the basement That you are going to the vet today? If you read my mind that well Then why don’t you stay off the countertops After visiting your litter box With your sweaty little paws leaving prints Near the toaster oven and breadbox Seeking…

Observation, Part 2

It is the second Monday after spring break for them. The campus, on the cusp of April, reeks of gloom and resignation. Clouds have eaten up the sky in its entirety – it might pour at any moment. I awkwardly stood on the lawn facing the concrete apartment complex as people were drifting by. How…

Tiny Buttons

SWEET POTATO FRIES Tentacle without suction grip in the form of chemical reaction in the intestinal wall the intestinal wall the secretion of chemical the chemical that forms and squashes and deteriorates and melts. Melts because melting, fat congregated around stringy starches shatters into figments of thread-like dough. Grounded by attachment, poles wilted by an…

The Limitations of Man: RISD Nature Lab Blog

“If people tried to handle tasks with their own hands without anything else as they try to handle intellectual tasks without anything but their own brains, there would definitely be Honestly be merely a few tasks they Can complete and conquer no matter how hard, how dedicated they are Because if we just stop and…

1:47 PM, Hope Street

All my photos are taken the same distance from the ground, which is specific to my height and humans’ height in general. Walking forces slow writing. So does frost chilled hands. All so brown. Clouds. Dull Sunlight. The sky is white and grey and mottled. This makes me wonder if the standard isn’t actually blue….

A Close Reading of Coral

By Marian Chudnovsky and Ciara Keegan An infinite of small broken surfaces… Each of them must cut its way… “By the help of microscopes there is nothing so small as to escape our inquiry; hence there is a new visible world discovered to the understanding” -Robert Hooke, Micrographia Inspired by Robert Hooke’s Micrographia and Gertrude…

Observation of Change 2

Returning to Witherby Park, I observe the spark of spring as the emergence of new life enmeshed in remnants of the old and dead. The fallen branches and leaves I witnessed before still cover the ground when I look closely but they now hide behind round tufts of sprouting grass. Close to me, the green…