Ana González Barragán

Twenty Mile Coal Mine

production/reproduction comprises a series of ceramic replicas of a mining drilling bit collected in one of the visits to the inside of a prominent coal mine in western Colorado. By inserting the phallic artifacts into a vacuum-sealed package, Ana speculates about the commodification of the mining technologies that make possible patriarchal ecologies of extraction that conceive Nature —exclusively— as a reproductive resource in the service of industrial capitalism.

A complementary sculpture utilizes a conveyor belt chain collected from the mine as a pedestal. From here, a copper pipe holding the original iron-made drill bit erects.