New terrain explored with a summer playlist assembled for Studio PRAIRIE. The songs and lyrics featured span my early land-based memories, broader ideas of nostalgia, historic research, and early mentorship with an esteemed ethnomusicologist and folklorist.
All of the Sounds in their Studios compilations are findable here.
[ image: Abigail Doan studio ]
The entire interview can be read on the ecoartspace journal.
[ photo credit: Morris Lum / courtesy of the artist and FENTSTER ]
Online Archive: Threaded Particles, Spring 2021
Philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, René Descartes (1596–1650) proposed that magnetic attraction was caused by the charged movement of tiny helical particles or threaded parts that flowed in circuitous patterns through the pores of magnets, creating magnetic force as well as states of attraction and repulsion.
In the spirit of examining the flow of threaded particles, we have opened our archives to highlight what select artifacts, objects, and materials might communicate when juxtaposed and/or arranged beyond formal groupings and archiving systems.
The first in a series of text passages, past and present, exploring the many ways that terrain is documented, interpreted, and (creatively) traversed. These passages will highlight materials, landscape phenomena, as well as articles/interviews exploring these ideas.
(1) : a geographic area. (2) : a piece of land : ground. b : the physical features of a tract of land.
On terrain as ‘textural text’:
[ excerpts below are from a dialogue/interview created by Hildreth York, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, and curator of art and design at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey ]
A recent interview and environmental art piece for Floresta Magazine.
Read more here.
I am bundling up 2020 by giving thanks for new collaborative connections while also looking ahead to future cross-pollinations. These interactions have been ‘mini-rafts’ or vessels of sorts, that is, ways of connecting over space and time, and staying afloat (engaged) during challenging times.
Since I have been sitting still for days on end (while homeschooling middle schoolers and remotely managing projects for our foundation), I have been fortunate to have the time to sift through fifteen years or more of land-based photography as well as travel documentation. (Website updates are ongoing as well). As part of this process, I have created a new page on my site called, Fiber|Footnotes. I will be adding to these images and writings as I look ahead to a new documentation and book project for 2021.
After more than six months of living along the edge of the deepest natural lake in Connecticut, my notions of drifting have shifted from a land-based walking practice to the possibilities of floating on or navigating bodies of water. The lake beyond my studio windows has become a backdrop of sorts for fluctuating atmospheric phenomena and movement sketches.
projects and writing exploring the intersections of site-specific, landscape phenomena and art lab/design methodologies.