This month we began work on a wonderful project: a commission to do a series of work on a beautiful privately owned peninsula property in Wanaka where we live. The project documents a year through the seasons, beginning with summer.
The body of work follows the philosophy of making the sculptures from materials found there and allowing them to disperse naturally after the photographs have recorded them.
By also photographing the beauty of the surrounding landscape – the lake with its stony beach, the river flats and the tussock covered hills and the major peaks beyond – and the way the distinct seasons affect them, we can fully express the context of the work. For example by using a location such as the river flats which flood in spring, dries out in summer, floods again in autumn then freezes in winter the location itself provides an example of the cyclical process which is integral to the meaning of the work.
By returning again and again to the same places throughout the year of the project’s duration there is the opportunity to create work that has a continuity. For example the wild growing willows provide yellow leaves in the summer, bare branches for weaving in the winter, fresh green leaves in the spring, and, something we look forward to, the likelihood that a woven work left out in the field will sprout new spring growth: a live, growing sculpture.
If you have come to this website via the welcome page, you will have seen a series of pictures of an ice work made for this project.
The project, titled “One Life, One Place, One Year” will be completed on March 2008.