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Cascade Fiber Meditation

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Detail of site-specific study for Cascade (Abigail Doan, 2012)

Time alone in the woods is invaluable. Aside from weekend hiking, gathering wood or dry kindling, and tracking wild animals – it is rare these days that one might experience the woods as a setting beyond self. A white noise envelopes us as we try to sit quietly on a patch of the forest floor to soak up the sounds and textures of a sylvan backdrop. The experience is a cacophony at first and then more fluid over time.

This is partly what I set out to do early one morning while visiting my parents farm in upstate New York. I brought loose fiber with me to help immerse myself in the environment of a brook and small cascade on the property's periphery. I made recordings. I observed shadows. I noticed textures on the forest floor that might otherwise have been overlooked during a hike.

cascade is defined as a small waterfall, 
typically one of several that fall in stages down a steep slope.


It became evident to me that site-specific work is indeed fleeting and is perhaps meant to satisfy a need or longing to render the invisible visible. Those things that we cannot see but often sense are the details that root us to a place – more so perhaps than coordinates or pathways that are clearly outlined. The anchoring comes from "the spill over" not necessarily the containment or stages of steady advancement in contemporary space or time. 


Detail of site-specific study for Cascade (Abigail Doan, 2012)


2 comments:

Francesca Mancini said...

I love that Abigail!beautiful work and good location! Can I go for a shower?;)

wholly jeanne said...

". . .perhaps meant to satisfy a need or longing to render the invisible visible. Those things that we cannot see but often sense are the details that root us to a place – more so perhaps than coordinates or pathways that are clearly outlined." Oh Yes! There is something so quietly moving and touching about these words and this work. They definitely satisfy a need, a longing.

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