Sojourn | Transience
Sojourn began in 2015 and incorporates shadow play, installation, video, sound, lighting and silhouettes to create an immersive experience. Floor to ceiling hand-cut paper scrolls depicting a burned forest landscape perform like theater stage flats creating a surreal space with wall-sized projections of forest fire footage alternating with flocking birds. Atmospheric shifts of programmed theater lights, and a single light on a rotating base cast lacey, tree branch shadows on the walls.This project grew from the more intimate Will You Miss Me When I Burn, which uses ash wallpaper, a kiln cast glass hand mirror with forest fire footage and has been exhibited at 21c Museums in Cincinnati and Louisville and Currents International New Media Festival. This project is an exploration of environmental fragility and began with a trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2013 to see the regeneration of lodgepole pine after fire damage. U.S Forest Service footage of forest fires is used. This project has been exhibited in various forms at Salisbury University in Maryland, The Carnegie in Kentucky and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in fall 2016.