Being close to disaster and other things that make you feel lucky
8’ x 12’ x 12’
Porcelain, pluming, wood and plastic sheeting
There is a moment, right after a storm shower, when the trees seem to magically keep raining for a few minutes after the sky has cleared. This piece began as a simple attempt to replicate that sensation but through its construction, a much different narrative emerged. This piece as containing two separate and opposing experiences. From outside, the sculpture is somewhat menacing. The pier may be perceived as isolating while the trees are gnarled and bare. Seemingly haphazard construction holds the piece together while containing over 100 gal of water from escaping onto the gallery floor. Surprisingly the sensation of standing under the tarp is soothing. The rain creates a muting sound reminiscent of water falling on a tent. With a simple turn the participant may look to the plastic and see nothing but obscured shapes and colors. The sense of safety is magnified by the participants proximity to what initially had seemed threatening. By surrounding oneself with water you cannot help but acknowledge that you are dry. By walking into a precarious environment, you cannot help but feel lucky that the ground is stable under your feet.
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