In the beginning, emptiness, then came black

Oh, how my knees quaked and spine shivered when I first walked into the gallery at the Nicolaysen Art Museum! It is gargantuan space. I had create a plan for Terra Ignis based on photographs and layout schematics. But the gallery’s immensity did NOT compute in my brain. Not even close.

empty space before installation of Terra Ignis at the Nicolaysen Art Museum

So, after a tiny bout of stage fright, I was back to the drawing board. Which meant throwing out my plan and re-thinking everything on the spot. I started with the bones—the black mesh—to frame the walls, corner to corner, with shadows before adding my red silky, swirling lines.

Here are a few process images that I call Stage One: Before the Red.

See also: Then came red, my shining life of fire.

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