Understories II: Monotropa / Queens
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In 2009 I was invited to participate as an artist-in-residence in the Environmental Art Program at I-park, in East Haddam CT. During my time there, I experimented with several possible locations for the installation of a group of 30 figures, which were cast in urethane from an original clay sculpture at 1:6 scale (12 tall), and wired for articulation.
Ultimately I selected an expansive pond site because of its ability to animate the work. The movement of the water, the aquatic insects that quickly built homes or took refuge between legs and across collar bones, the shifting reflections... with these spontaneous and ephemeral acts of nature at play, and the careful attention that was given to gesture, I hoped to convey (e)motion, despite the fixity of the piece.
The scale of the figures for this project, and in my work in general, is intentionally small, to draw the eye down to what might otherwise go unnoticed and to distort and magnify the size of the elements that surround it.