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H HIGGS | FIELD Study art


I don't know what that is.

We were in the middle of installing 3D work in the WSU Vancouver Library display cases when it all hit the fan. So the exhibit is in a strange limbo, some cases still displaying student work from our last sculpture class, and other display cases with work from Group Show (see entry from late February 2020). The Library, as one of the only buildings on our campus that will be open during our online semester, has an exhibit scheduled for early Fall. So the Group Show installation was never completed, and indeed was never really seen. But I consider this in keeping with that project, which is ongoing, elliptical, a never-ending flow of reconfigurable fragments. Now that the public sphere has emptied– at least around here– the moment is ripe for an online dispersal of these objects in lieu of a physical exhibit. So… a blogged version of Group Show it will be.

That Was Unexpected

abstract photograph

Didn’t see that one coming… It’s six months later, and only now am I returning to anything resembling public life. Returning at last, but from a wholly changed perspective.


Group Show is a multi-year long-term collaborative project (first exhibited in 2013/14), displaying artifacts of the made world… human effects tumbling in a never-ending stream at the bottom of a well. Contributions include objects made and altered by artists, scholars, and factory laborers. The current version of this project can be seen in the WSU Vancouver Library (exhibiting March – July 2020).






About Field Study

My research currently investigates bio-based materials as a way to innovate sculptural fabrication and imaging techniques. This art-based project draws from a number of applied fields, including food science, manufacturing, and hand-building techniques used in construction (domains ultimately sharing an interest in sustainable resources). In addition to challenging the techniques and materials used in art, I am connecting this inquiry to “foundational and emergent materials” (bio-based materials and green manufacturing) found in the WSU Grand Challenges schema. FIELD Study also serves as a touchstone to my other material-based projects.