Orientation Kit

I developed Orientation Kit as a fellow at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City in an attempt to orient myself beyond the directions of a map or the coordinates of a compass. Each kit includes one Compass Plant seed, a plant indigenous to the prairies of the Midwest that orients itself in relation to the sun, a bottle of homemade Rooting Hormone from the cottonwood tree, and dirt from my childhood home. I mailed one kit to each of my previous 20 addresses. Having oriented myself in relation to the places of my past that have shaped me, the Orientation Kit considers ways of orienting oneself in terms of above and beneath.