Site specific Installation @ Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

2010

While walking the trails of Webster’s Woods Art Park, I came across this hollowed tree trunk, which inspired me to create a natural, sacred space like the ones found in the Himalayas. Noticing the similarities between the landscapes of Nepal and the Pacific Northwest, I was stimulated to interpret natural materials to reflect the aesthetic and spiritual sensibilities of my cultural heritage.

 
Red earth suspended in cloth defines the sculptural space. A rock becomes the focal point for contemplation. To evoke the cycle of growth and decay, barley seeds planted in the earth add phases of color to the installation. Threads wrapped around the tree, as performed in South Asia, invoke the spirit of nature and introduce more color and movement to the work.
 
With the passage of time, earth pigments will stain the fabric that will eventually disintegrate. Earth and rock will fall away and the space will return to its original state.

 

2011

Stupa for Webster’s Woods Art Park, 2011 
 
My 2010 installation at Webster’s Woods Art Park was inspired by the similarities between landscapes of the Himalayas and the Pacific Northwest. Within this context, I used natural materials to interpret the aesthetic and spiritual sensibilities of Nepali culture. For 2011, I am further exploring the concept of uniting aspects of two places and traditions. Stupa is made from a Doko, a bamboo basket used to transport materials. It is covered with burlap, red earth, manila rope, aromatic bees wax, and the black resin of seelajeet, an ayurvedic medicine & river rocks. Stupa means “mound” in Sanskrit.
Installation is 5 ft 4 inch high 6 ft diameter.