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Eye of the Storm – Land Art Project

Another offering in the woods. I found some nice green grapevine. Green vine is easy to weave, leaves and all. When I find a pile of grapevine I interpret it as a free art supply, just waiting for a challenge.

I featured an old clock, minus the mechanical parts, in this weaving. It has metal sails.

“Eye of the Storm”

Lately there have been lots of hurricanes in the Caribbean. So the phrase ‘eye of the storm’ has been particularly poignant.

It started to rain half way through the process, which is actually fine. Because it’s easier to weave the vine when it is supple. But sucks on the hands.

I chose a place in our woods which has two paths converging, sort of at a fork in the road.

Grapevine walls are notoriously difficult to photograph. But here is an attempt from a distance as you approach it from my path.

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Reflections on a Year Long One-a-Day Ephemeral Art Project

I spent all of 2016 focused on an endeavour called One-a-Day Ephemeral Art Project*.

Every day for a year I went outside and had a short conversation with nature. I made a piece of art with foraged objects and left it for someone to find (or not) celebrating whatever the environment offered me each day.  I documented the entire year on Instagram by posting two photos each day; a close-up and an in situ shot (Leonie Barton gave me that idea.)

best nineThe project was a discipline and became like a daily meditation for me, visual prayer. It was a combination of contemplative photography, long hikes, strategically placed garbage and pushing the limits of imagination. I promised that I wouldn’t use any tools (somedays that would haunt me!)

And believe me, it was hard. Some days I had to force myself to go outside. Some days I couldn’t get past my own yard. Some days I hit it out of the park. Some days was a struggle to forage in 20 degrees below with frozen fingers. Somedays it was like finding mana (like the afternoon I came across a whole box of jelly-filled donuts in a parking lot).  Somedays I felt like a pirate, somedays a weaverbird.

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Somedays I felt on the edge of vandalism and trespassing. Most days I was just a small town sleuth and magpie.

I tried not to censor my work but just take the first idea which came along and try to work with it. I found myself becoming repetitive and doing mandalas and lines of things a lot.

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“Sum 115, divide by 4113 = 0.92796”

Then I would try to push myself out of that normalcy into something I didn’t really think was beautiful. And especially on really cold days….just make a mark, dang it and get your hands into your mittens again!

I jumped right in on January 1st, thinking what a neat project this was. Being in a northern clime I really never thought about what I would do the deep winter, even though it WAS deep winter when I began. But there are various ‘types’ of snow (as the Inuit know) and only some days are good for snowmen. So I would use snow when it was just right.

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“Deconstructed snowmen”

Somedays I longed something other than snow to work with. I longed for colour.hydrant

The really cool thing was going back days later to a spot and seeing that someone else had added to my art or modified it. This didn’t happen very often but it was fun when it did.

The enemy of the ephemeral artist is wind!  Yet I tried to use it to my advantage some days and take a video of the movement of the leaves or something I made hanging from a tree. Click on the photo to see the video.

"Grass Skirt"

“Grass Skirt”

The truly memorable days were the ones I would be accompanied by my grandson. “I gotta do my artwork” he would mimic.  red line

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I also got to teach at a couple of schools.

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I had a follower on Instagram who almost every day would give a title to my photo. She was brilliant and I looked forward to seeing how she would interpret my work with her eyes.

"Sea Eye"

“Sea Eye”

"A Chorus Line"

“A Chorus Line”

"Ladybug Chorus"

“Ladybug Chorus”

I was very timid about being seen doing my art. If you are a geocacher than you will know the term ‘muggles’. I was much happier if no muggles were about. Sometimes I would even hide. I guess I just didn’t want to have to explain myself.

I got very tired of pavement, yet I do love seeing things in sidewalk cracks. So the days when I could get on a real nature hike were very welcome.

I did this the morning of April 26th and little did I know that my mom would die 8 hours later. Maybe she needed this map to find her way home.

sand labyrinthSomedays I took little videos as the in situ shot. Click the photo and see the video…screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-7-19-34-pm

 

The project really slowed me down and made me an observer.

You can view it all here, https:// http://www.instagram.com/ wavesongart/

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*I am indebted to Shona Wilson for starting all of this and to Leonie Barton for the inspiration. If there is any one else I didn’t give credit to, please forgive me.

Deep Woods Words Land Art Project

It all started at a used book sale when I saw a pile of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books sitting in a pile. Some of them had a bit of mould. I asked the organizers if I could just make a wee donation and take the whole lot off their hands.

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I have been inspired to do odd stuff with old books by @book_ronnie on Instagram.  She leaves books in piles or assemblages in the woods and waits to see what will happen to them.

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I am privileged to have a piece of land which has nature paths. I chose these two trees.

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To see what happens to my library in the deep words, oops, woods, stay tuned.

365 Day Ephemeral Art Project 2016

I’m challenging myself in 2016 to produce an ephemeral art piece each day.

So what is ephemeral art? It’s a piece of art made on a walk with no tools and only what I find and then leave behind for others to find (or not).

This came as a result of gazing around Instagram and coming upon the work of Leonie Barton who had done this in 2015. I was totally inspired.

I have loved land art, or temporary art installations, since encountering Andy Goldsworthy‘s work years ago. Goldsworthy

My kids and I have done “Goldsworthys” on beaches in numerous places. I have left behind many pieces of art over the years. But never one a day.Hecla - 30 IMG_4179 Hecla - 06 IMG_4167

So here goes….

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snow chunks on pavement

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Rotting apples on grass

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Markings in snow on pond ice

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Acorn caps with Water Main cover on cement

Please follow me on @ wavesongart to get the rest.

 

Grapevine Weaving

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A huge grapevine choking a large tree on my property.

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I dragged it all down and this huge pile became art material!

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Find two trees far enough apart, but not too far. The weft comes first.

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Up to ladder height.

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Warp and weft.

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Yes, that is an old wooden chair in there, thus giving the wall its name “Sitting on the Fence”.

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Tendrils.

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Of course, this holey stone, given to me by a friend, found its way into the wall.

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In some light the whole installation looks like a big jumble. But the whole exercise wasn’t about the finished product so much as the hours of weaving which I ended up doing. The process!

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6 hours later.

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Morning light.

My intention is to photograph it during the seasons.