I use sculpture to draw new attention to place and shape experiences of a more passive viewing audience. In this way too, stories are central, as new stories are formed through interactions with my immersive installations. The work I built to activate the entrance to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh had immediate storytelling effect, as children played, interacting with one another throughout a maze, an archway, a set of stumps in a sea of lava. It was palpable, and instead of a plastic and metal wonderland, the children were experiencing this story-making in response to the raw materials of a natural environment. Land art creates parameters that frame our environment for humans to exist in new relationships to it. This is how stories are formed, new ways of experiencing the natural world in opposition to the extractive and disconnected norm, and new ways of understanding each other in the landscape.
Wattle and Walk
public installation at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh | 48”x160”x180” | Poplar, Ironwood, Basswood, Aspen. (2017)
This installation was created during a public engagement period where families joined the artist in learning weaving techniques for this wattle construction while investigating natural materials removed from a rural property during routine maintenance.