MMMM River comes down in Atlanta tomorrow….

Bye-bye Agnes Scott College….

Curator Lisa Alembik is a saint for taking down my installation without  me…..

Next, it returns home to Seattle for a little urban installation at Ohge Ltd. Gallery here in Seattle, which I believe opens on January 23rd…..and I just realized I’ll need to make more ropes, oh my!  Watch out for a crochet party coming soon!!

More images from the fun in Atlanta here

“Still Water” opens at Dalton Gallery, Oct. 8th, 2009

Still Water 1still water 2I have just finished installing the crocheted river of “Mater Matrix Mother and Medium” on the campus of Agnes Scott College in Decatur/Atlanta, as part of a show about artists considering the whole gambit of water issues, entitled “Still Water” at the Dalton Gallery.  It opens tomorrow, Oct. 8th , from 5-8, with a walk-through presentation of all the artworks by the senior art students from 5-5:45.

Here’s what curator Lisa Alembik has to say

“Still Water” explores the complexities between humans and water in the environment, from the breakdown of systems that we think we control to the creation of community by the commonality of water memories and culture. Agnes Scott is a geographically significant location for such a topic as the college rests on the Eastern Continental Divide, situated so that rain falling on the north side of campus runs to the Gulf of Mexico, while that which falls the south side eventually drains to the Atlantic Ocean. Artworks, located in the gallery and on campus grounds, include a range of media: from couches in the student center lounge that discreetly store water, signaling the “Potential Inevitability” that individuals will soon need to amass private water supplies (Steve Jarvis, GA), to exquisite quilts introducing topographic views of sensitive environmental sites on which we humans have encroached (Linda Gass, CA), to three-dimensional maps of the Chattahoochee watershed made of delicately cut-paper (Lauren Rosenthal, PA).

Water brings nourishment and takes it away. It dries up to disappear; it saturates and overflows the banks. It may arrive from afar, traveling hundreds of miles to reach us in the form of a plastic water bottle, or it may arrive from a river only a few miles away in the guise of the tap water we get from our faucets. Its potential is constant, yet it changes dramatically with circumstance. The artists in “Still Water”, whether purposefully or not, promote working towards solutions for a realistic future vision of sustainable growth. With the swiftly spinning planet becoming smaller every day in the face of our increasingly globalized consumer culture, the importance of opening clear routes of communication to translate the overlapping languages of water is critical to our time. Our survival depends upon the health of this essential compound. In the exhibit various circumstances are explored as these artists dredge up answers from silent waters.

If you do happen to be in the Atlanta area, my installation is located near the corner of College and McDonough Streets, as well as another segment in stunning giant magnolia tree deeper in the campus in front of Campbell Hall.  I fell in love with the tree, and just had to work in it, even though it was far from where I needed to install the span of the piece.

Pictures all coming soon!  It has been raining a bunch, preventing me from bringing my camera out there.

Time to crochet again at Olympic Sculpture Park for “The Salmon Return”, 9/19/09, noon-3pm

come crochet at the Olympic Sculpture Park!!

come crochet at the Olympic Sculpture Park!!

After the whirlwind of crocheting this spring and summer, I can hardly believe my eyes that it is time again to work on “Mater Matrix Mother and Medium”, and invite you to join me, tomorrow from noon – 3pm!  I’ll be making yards and yards of the big crocheted ropes that I need to reinstall the Fiber River on the campus of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta , hosted by the Dalton Gallery, beginning on Oct. 1st, 2009.  So, if you never got to crochet with me or are dying for more, please join me tomorrow at SAM‘s Olympic Sculpture Park for their family programs event “The Salmon Return”.  They have once again invited me to come join them with a whole host of other programs for kids and adults such as….

Special performance: Roger Fernandes tells stories about salmon at 1 pm.

Visit activity stations by:

  • City of Seattle’s Restore Our Waters and Seattle Public Utilities
  • Colorific Kids face painting
  • Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
  • Mandy Greer—Mater Matrix Mother and Medium
  • The Nature Consortium
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Salmon-Safe and the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS)
  • TASTE Café

University of Washington’s Wetland Ecosystem Team

Agnes Scott College (kinda looks like UW, right?)

Agnes Scott College (kinda looks like UW, right?)

First day of taking the river down

with my friend Inna…

She took the scissors to the first tie, cut it open and a spider the size of a silver dollar crawled out!  When I flicked it onto the ground, it sounded like a marble.  No other creature encounters…but, my how much faster it is to take down them put up.  We carefully rolled it into long cigars and began packing them into bike boxes (so I can take them on the air plane to Atlanta…..the river is heading to Agnes Scott College on Sept. 30th, 2009 through November!)cutting down the river