After a monumental effort over two months to scout out new sites to work on, I am back. And it took about a month to process all the things I learned before I could really start building again. But it was worth it as I am finding new forms and concepts to work with. As of September 15(ish), 2013 this form is one year old. And looking back over that time, I am pretty astonished by how far I have come and how much I accomplished. Here are links to all the pictures and video that I felt was good enough to publish. And that is less than half of what I actually built.
The first new project is a coffee table book and accompanying DVD about that year from idea to the culmination of the Sites Pacific Tour. Read about the project in my earlier blogs.
The next project is a Site Specific performance piece about the relationship between a fictional lighthouse keeper and the natural world around them. I am working with a dancer/choreographer and a composer. It will be a magical realism exploration of the beauty, difficulty and terror of such a lonely outpost. The piece is supposed to happen at Point Robinson Lighthouse on Vashon Island (which has a fantastic supply of driftwood). The grant has been submitted and now we wait and see how it shakes out.
Additionally, I am putting together an Arts in Education program to teach the form and its underlying principles to kids. I got the idea after many children (and adults) approached me while I was building and asked me, “How do you do that?” I would show the kids a simple two stick balance and their face would light up. I will be partnering with the Seattle Parks and School District but there is a long way to go yet.
In the meantime, I am research grants and have applied to two residencies in Alaska for Spring and Summer. And, of course, building sculptures in Lincoln Park.
Thanks for your interest and support!
Here are some articles and reviews:
Seattle Times, Susan Kelleher
Newport News Times
West Seattle Herald
Storefronts Seattle Artist