I’m thrilled to be back at The Studios at MASS MoCA for a 2-week residency. I decided to bring my 15+ year collection of “road metal” and focus on that for my project. The first task was to unpack and put all the pieces on the wall (or leaning against it). It was very satisfying for me to see all the metal displayed. I really like this as an installation.
The next challenge was to remove pieces from the wall and begin to create sculpture. This work “made itself” when the middle piece of metal balanced on the lower holey piece, then the arc slid into the crease of the middle piece and viola — so much fun! More to come….
The annual Old Frog Pond Farm Outdoor Sculpture Walk is coming up! For the first time, the exhibit is beginning in the spring and running for several months into the fall. Also for the first time, it’s a juried show with Nick Capasso (former curator at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and currently the director of the Fitchburg Art Museum) doing the jurying.
Last fall when I was visiting my Dad in Warwick, NY, I was captivated by beautiful orange fungus climbing up an ancient willow tree. This tree grows beside a stream in a town park, the same park where my sister, cousins and I played as kids when we visited our grandparents.
I knew when I saw the fungus that I wanted to do something with that image for Old Frog Pond Farm. I just wasn’t sure what or how! The material would have to be durable to withstand the weather conditions in New England through three seasons.
And it would need to be colorful enough to show up in the woods. I had an “ah-hah moment” and decided to work with my pile of bait bags, collected from the beaches of Cape Cod. The colors were right, the material would hold up, and I’ve been waiting for several years to be inspired with a good idea for those very special net bags.
I just found out today that Fungus Among Us has been selected by Nick Capasso to be part of the Old Frog Pond Farm Outdoor Sculpture Show! I feel honored and very excited. Put it on your calendar — the exhibit will be up from May 19 to October 14.