Christine McDonald: Boneyard Concert

Bright blue sky with white faded clouds behind bright white wired fence.
Still from video Boneyard Concert (2022), 30 min. image / provided
Four abstract yellow squiggle marks set against a dark grainy backdrop.
Rattlestates (2022), disunited bridge comic strip in high visibility. image / provided
Still from video Boneyard Concert (2022), 30 min. image / provided Rattlestates (2022), disunited bridge comic strip in high visibility. image / provided

"The first time I saw the Boneyard it was in a dream and it looked like something else. The whole world was the texture of sand and the ground was populated by the exoskeletons of thousands of insects. Not familiar or ordinary in scale, but rather the size of airplanes, shorn jets with engines made of soft tissue long repurposed as sand droplets. These husks fascinated me and I saw no simple way to get inside; to put on my Kafka costume and drive the bug further in the direction it was going. Waking, it was time for a road trip. Not to an empty place, but to where the soil is ideal, the weather is eventfully dry, and the sky eats almost everything except for the mountains. The goals were simple, get there, get inside, and record the concert of materials." — Christine McDonald

This work features an original musical and visual score (30 min.), Spraylat walls, and a deep interest in the infrastructure at Tucson, Arizona-based 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the Boneyard.

Boneyard Concert is the thesis exhibition for Christine McDonald (M.F.A. '22).

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