2014 | Nicolaysen Art Museum | Casper WY
Jan 24 — Apr 24
aluminum mesh | wire | satin | plastic tubing | shadow | colored gels
site-specific sculpture installation
Space/dimensions variable ± 60′ length x 30′ width x 15′ height
I was invited to respond to the landscape of Wyoming for “The Nature of Things” as one of three artists. My goal was to invigorate the space by rendering an imaginary landscape of blazing and cooling lava. Thus, the title Terra Ignis (Latin = Earth Fire). I wanted to explore mark making and materiality for capturing a flowing topology. The work grew organically on site, accumulating countless body and hand gestures, so that it seemed to be an organism capable of growing itself, indefinitely, beyond the gallery walls. Like the mythic archetype Ouroboros—the snake or dragon eating its own tail—these undulating lines symbolize for me the continuum that embodies all times of being. My inspiration? The Yellowstone Caldera! Life destroyed. Life recreated.