Life in the Floodplain (BMoCA)


Debris from the September 2012 floods covered the landscape for months after the waters receded. Photo Credit: John Giez

In 2013, I was commissioned by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to write an essay to accompany an exhibition of works inspired by the massive floods that had swept through the region the year before. My contribution, Life in the Floodplain, reflected on the flooding and its aftermath from an ecological perspective. Through research and interviews with Boulder County ecologists and wildlife specialists, my essay examines the role that periodic floods play in shaping the land and how the plants and animals of the region adapt and even thrive when the waters recede.

Read Life in the Floodplain on pages 22-23 of the Flood Project exhibition catalog (pdf).