Pictures of Overwinter #1.
3' x 3' at base. 6' tall.
In entomology, overwintering is the term used to describe how insects survive through the winter season. A lot of insects overwinter as adults, pupae, or eggs, hiding inside various types of man made structures, under tree bark, or beneath dead vegetation. Overwintering sites shield the insects from harsh conditions associated with winter or drought like conditions. An example of overwintering is the Monarch butterfly. Every winter a large portion of the Monarch butterfly population migrates to the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve in the Mexican state of Michoacán.
Though not meant as a direct representation of the Monarch butterfly’s overwintering in the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve , this piece was nonetheless inspire by this event.
4320 pieces of paper (dyed orange)
144 strands of mono‑filament line totaling 864 ft. of line
To date this piece has been shown in three seperate shows. Each showing of this piece has been slightly different with recent incarnations focusing on a more minimal approach which I hope, leads to a more focused and stronger piece.
Input/Output at Wall Eye gallery in Cleveland. www.walleyegallery.com/
Input/Output at Studio 2091. www.studio2091.com
Input/Output was an attempt by me to bring into the gallery what I was doing out in nature with my Mimesis Art Project. For those who do not know, the Mimesis Art Project is a collaborative art project which explores the relation between art and nature by creating temporary site specific installs. Since these installs are viewed in person by a small number of people, I wanted to replicate some of what we do by bringing the experience into the gallery setting. www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mimesis-Art-Project-MAP/147303845329284
Input/Output consists of a hollowed out log, cardboard tubes, paint, dye, salt, oatmeal, cotton swabs, various fabrics, dyed paper, tissue paper, and in it's Wall Eye gallery configuration, wires, sand, and altered rocks.