Process as Remembrance, 2003

Mixed media

2003 – Insights + Identities, Indiana State University, University Art Gallery, Terre Haute, IN
2003 – Hillwood Art Museum, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

“A length of linen from a pharaoh’s tomb, a square of stone gray Indian Kadi cloth, and a tree like sculpture knitted from hand spun flax string are all related. The materials they are made of come from the earth, many processes take place before they reach a final form and they all bear marks of the hands that made them.

My installation really started with the materials and a deeply felt need to create forms that were almost transparent, that were light and would move a little in air currents. The forms tend to be sheltering nets, cupboards, tents, and hollow tree forms. As children we built forts and secret hideouts. We left messages there and stashes of special objects. This is a time of abandoned shelters, what remains is what was left behind.

The title “Process and Remembrance” really refers to the gradual way that an installation becomes a place in my mind from long ago. As I’ve worked on this tent during such a period of sadness, it became a deserted tent but also reminded me of hide-a-ways from my childhood.”