Fifteen years making diverse work about ecological issues that have a broad range, from the poetic to the directly activist
Activate a variety of spaces, including science museums, art museums, and public spaces. Audiences range from children to local leaders
Develop popular interdisciplinary courses on ecological activism at Syracuse University in collaboration with local farms and nonprofits via Sayler/Morris’ campus-based Canary Lab
Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment exhibition at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, includes installation of Eclipse, the art duo’s video about the extinction of the passenger pigeon
Their most recent work concerns the Ecuadorian Amazon
Anthropocene & Posthumanism; Beyond Nature/Culture; Climate Change; Democracy & Capitalism; Environmental Justice & Ecological Systems; Extractivism, Deforestation & Desertification; Indigenous Practices; Multispecies Ethos & Animal/Nature Rights; Post-/Anti-Colonialism & Decolonization; Science, Technology, Data & Mapping; Water & Food Practices
Artist duo Susannah Sayler (she/hers) and Edward Morris (he/his), also known as Sayler/Morris, create site-specific and historically-inflected artworks that respond to our changing relationship to nature, culture, and ecology. Their work includes photographs of landscapes impacted by climate change, such as History of the Future; a short-film called Their World Is Not Our World, about a man-made “wilderness” park in The Netherlands; and Water, Gold, Soil: American River, a multimedia project that explores how California rivers transition from free-flowing wilderness to rigid canalization.
Sayler/Morris felt they also could be effective by supporting a larger network of creators and established The Canary Project, a platform for collaborative works that deepen public understanding of climate change. In the same spirit, Sayler/Morris additionally developed The Canary Lab at Syracuse University. Created in the spirit of experimentation, the Canary Lab is a hub of interdisciplinary study of ecological issues as well as their primary studio space. Each course explores a theme such as food or shelter, and extends into the university setting through film screenings, speaker series, and community collaborations.
Recently, Sayler/Morris launched a new platform called Toolshed that connects ecologic thought with action by gathering and sharing tools for a livable future. Toolshed grows from an acknowledgment that climate change has reached a tipping point and cultural producers have an important role to meet the new challenges this rapid change will bring. Toolshed includes a physical compound based in Hudson, New York, and a virtual space. Modeled on tool lending libraries, both in-person and online components are aimed at freely distributing practical tools and methodological approaches.