Waldeinsamkeit, or the feeling of being alone in the woods, was an interactive collaboration with Jon Furman at Buffalo’s Glow Gallery. and a body of work in two parts.
In the first, a forest was deconstructed for visitor’s enjoyment. They could cast shadows in the light of projected animation. Walk beneath a woven forest canopy and feel enclosed and concealed by the woods. They could consider illuminated trunks inscribed with foliage and fungus. Giants grow and are broken down by insignificant spores, in an endless cycle of creation through destruction. The forest achieves impossible feats of endurance and strength incrementally, the physical refutement of instant gratification. This virtual forest occupies the ephemeral and contradictory space of the lit electronic screen, bringing the wilderness into the virtual.
In the second, paintings on mylar depicted details of the forest, created by layers of opaque white ink and watercolor stains over graphite, and when installed alongside the deconstructed forest, they created a copse of tree-trunk silhouettes.
Glow Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Resident Showing, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Graphite, watercolor, and ink on mylar
Yarn, rope, basket cane