I constructed and installed these seven ephemeral Floating Light Sculptures during a May 2013 residency at I-Park Foundation in rural Connecticut. The residency allowed me to develop an idea dating to 1994, and to bring it to fruition.
The sculptures were octagons and circles, and they ranged in diameter from 9 inches to 5 ½ feet. They were best seen at night when their white glow was most intense. I was surprised that the forms maintained a quiet presence during the day. Equally unexpected was how the LED lights mimicked the moon’s glow and color.
The floating sculptures appear in photographs as smaller, distant objects. Walking the trail around the pond led one quite close to where the light sculptures were installed, and the energy of the lights made size irrelevant.
Surrounded by forest, the sculptures floated in the pond’s clear space, moving in concert with the wind. Nature subsumed these sculptures; once afloat, they belong more to the natural world than the man-made.
Materials: wood, screws and grommets, Styrofoam, paint, museum putty, and submersible LED lights lit by 48-hour batteries.
Many thanks to Lani Asuncion for the nighttime photos: #’s 6 – 10.
Take Too was made of hundreds of small collages for an exhibition exploring the theme All for One, One for All.
Visitors were invited to take their favorite collage from the piece, and I replenished the diamond every week throughout the exhibition. The viewers were an essential part of the changing face of the artwork.
Each piece: 6 ¼ inches H X 4 ½ inches W
Diamond: 58 ¼ inches H X 71 inches W
Inside Out is an exploration of the different speeds of ‘aging’ resulting from either indoor protection or exposure to outdoor elements.
Using heavy watercolor paper, I placed a sheet inside in a sunny window, and one directly below it, out of doors. Natural processes and the elements – rain, cold, hail, dust and dirt, intense Texas heat – took their toll on the outdoor paper. For a year, I photographed the piece each day.
The final photograph shows both pieces of paper: the worn outdoor paper is mounted on the pristine, white inside paper, with not even a mark from the shadow of the sun on it.
This is a time-based piece is in two forms: photographs and video. (Video link under construction.)
30 inches H X 22 inches W