Shadow Migration, 2008, steel, paper, shadows, 24 X 228 X 24″
detail, work in progress
When offered a 19 foot long gallery wall to work with, I originally conceived the installation as a 3D play on Eadweard Muybridge’s photo studies of animals in motion. As I worked, the piece morphed into a meditation on migration: a dense herd traverses an expanse, moving along a horizon line and floundering into steel ripples of water. I sought to create a sense of fragility and vulnerability, as well as movement.
The piece consists of three dimensional wire sculptures, flat cut-out steel silhouettes (using a plasma cutter), flat paper silhouettes, and lighting that casts shadows. The piece explores the weight of line and value in an image: the paper and shadows have as much visual effect as the steel elements.