Mel Chin’s work blends the lines of science, social activism and art in his use of land. Though many writers and critics struggle to classify his work, it is often lumped together in the board category of activist art. This categorization, though it provides a convenient lens through which to view his work, does his work an injustice. Ultimately, Chin’s work is a cross-media poetic expression of change for himself, and others, as well as the transformation towards that change.
Through my research I will explore how Chin utilizes land to display these themes while transitioning through classifications of political, scientific, and socially minded art.