We are, all, merely mud-bound
and more formless than what we
toil to construct.
Back to beginnings.
Local artists, Amy Tuttle and Emily Farison, concluded their work on the “Transitions” sculpture at Imago this week. Using natural materials, including willow from Patrick Dougherty’s Far Flung sculpture, Tuttle & Farison constructed a piece to offer homage to the multi-faceted experience of change, seen and unseen, that we undergo as individuals and communities. As they constructed, they meditated on inquiries like: What happens when we put intentions in multiple directions that, together, lead us somewhere? What’s transitioning in our personal and collective lives? Are we all just trying the map and make sense of the unknown in the context of what grounds us?
Farison utilized skills from her 8+ years as a ceramic artist to build a sculpture with 150+lbs of raw clay. Tuttle wove individual pieces of willow together to create a unified structure in the shape of a wave, or burst. The artists collaborated on construction, which culminated in the finished project: a 20ft long “wave” of willow accompanied by a gorgeous raw ceramic egg. The purpose of this piece is to eventually disintegrate over the course of a year, returning to soil on site. As both materials used in this sculpture (clay and willow branches) experience the weather outside, they will “transition” as the elements change and deconstruct the forms Tuttle and Farison created, continuing the journey.
You can view ‘Transitions” by walking down the entrance path to Imago. The sculpture is on the right side of the path.