MOVING LANDSCAPE II (2020)
Wood, plywood, foam, plastic, model trains, paint, branches, dirt, other natural and recycled materials.
21-foot train track with 16 train cars
(Installation: Sun Valley Museum of Art, Ketchum, Idaho)
Moving Landscape II features a series of miniature landscapes on model railroad cars — depicting tundra, wetlands, forest, desert, etc. The train cars revolve in a circular loop through the entry wall of the exhibition and into the gallery behind it. These landscapes are in perpetual motion, akin to a snake chasing its own tail. With this gesture, De St. Croix reminds us that holding onto these ever-changing landscapes, despite our human desire, will always be just out of our grasp. Moving Landscape II is based on research from a 4,000 mile research trip throughout the western and select southern states in the High Arctic, Utqiaġvik and Svalbard. The research spanned landscapes from glaciers to deserts and high mountains to below sea level as well as a separate witness of the aftermath from the wildfires in Joshua Tree and national park forests throughout California.