“By the Dripping Tree” is a multi-media installation including sculpture, video, sound, and inkjet prints mounted on aluminum. The project is an exploration of water and our relationship with this magical and complex substance. Water is the only substance we use for both healing and torture.
The aluminum panels come in varying sizes. Four panels at 7 ft X 2 ft each were used to create a 10 foot sculpture. The platform was 3ft X 3ft and was created to look like stone. The piece reflects are reverence of water, a monument to its lush meditative component. A similar though taller piece, a 12.5 ft, was created to appear immerging from the wall and ceiling. A 9ft X 15.5ft piece wraps around a corner. Where the wall meets the ceiling, a collage of video monitors screens "Swallow", and the triptych "H20".
The project in an immersive multi-media exhibition, designed for contemplation.
- Year Created: 2011
- Submitted to ArtBase: Thursday Oct 20th, 2011
- Original Url: http://www.catforster.com/ByDrippingTree.html
- catherineforster1, primary creator
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“By the Dripping Tree” is a multi-media installation including sculpture, video, sound, and inkjet prints mounted on aluminum. The project is an exploration of water and our relationship with this magical and complex substance. Water is the only substance we use for both healing and torture. We are mostly of water as is the earth, and we naively believe we control it until tragedy tells us otherwise. The installation includes large-scale images that are devised from painting and digital manipulation. These structural paintings are created in collage format allowing for site-specific installations. The aluminum panels represent our romanticized union with water; the videos show her other side. “Swallow”, looped video with sound, explores the sheer power of water and our deployment of water to over power others. I live near water and solve most of my creative challenges in a kayak or walking close to shore. Mostly subconsciously, I note the changes in color, texture, and viscosity of the surface through the seasons, crystal clear in spring after the ice melts, heavy and somewhat murky during hot summer days, dark and full of unexpected contrasts in the autumn light, frozen in winter, clear beneath the ice. It all seems so magical until I'm helping a neighbor remove water damage.