Kristin Cammermeyer: a novel ecosystem constructed with pseudo satisfiers

On view in the ICA's Congress St. Window: December 17, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design

In 2013 Kristin Cammermeyer was Artist-in-Residence at Recology SF, the waste management facility for San Francisco. Since Kristin’s time there the main objective in her practice has been to work with underutilized materials as a means to reconcile her concerns regarding the overabundance and environmental degradation from waste generated by our consumer driven economy. She considers these creative efforts a gesture to transcend the impending obsolescence of things cast-away by extending and redefining their use. Cammermeyer generates video works in tandem with ephemeral installations as a device to direct her actions and foster the agency of post-consumer waste materials. A Novel Ecosystem Constructed with Pseudo Satisfiers was commissioned by Recology SF for Untitled Art Fair with materials from their facility in Portland, OR. Here she focused on gleaning domestic objects with representations of the natural world in order to question the contradictions of celebrating it via décor choices, ultimately discarded and destined for landfills. The composited video includes stop-motion animation of these objects set against the backdrop of pristine sections of the Clackamas River that she encountered while traveling to Portland from Los Angeles.

a novel ecosystem constructed with pseudo satisfiers composited video, 6:10 minutes, continuous loop, sound by Michael Dillon, 2018
Commissioned by Recology SF for Untitled Art Fair.


Kristin Cammermeyer is a multimedia artist currently based in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has been awarded grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Harpo Foundation, and the Toby Fund. Exhibitions include Spring Break Art Fair (Los Angeles, CA), Other Places Art Fair (San Pedro, CA), Untitled SF (San Francisco, CA), Joshua Treenial (Joshua Tree, CA), 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA), the Brand Library Art Gallery (Glendale, CA), I-Park Site Responsive Biennale (East Haddam, CT), The Hedreen Gallery (Seattle University, WA), Elephant Art Space (Los Angeles, CA), Klowden Mann Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). She has held residencies at the Banff Art Centre, MacDowell Colony, Recology SF, Oxbow, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work is in the collections of the The Broad Foundation, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Recology SF, and the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive.