ON THE BURYING OF SILK
EARTH DRAWINGS was completed in the spring & summer 2008. We initiated this piece in order to receive a direct imprint from the land, our land in South Louisiana. We desired the purist, most direct, honest image of the land.
“ In the summer of 2008 we narrowed the focus to our place of residence: literally, our property where we live. On an impulse we began burying pieces of silk in the earth in the backyard of our home in an attempt to obtain a direct image from the land. We linked the burying to the lunar cycle, beginning with the full moon, digging a hole and “planting” each of the 12” square pieces of white silk wrapped around a portion of our evening meal. For 28 consecutive days we involved ourselves with this ritual. After 28 days from the final buried piece we began a 28-day period of removing, in order of the planting, a single piece a day. We documented the planting taking in excess of 300 photos. The psychological result was a rhythmic integration of our environment and our meals with art making. This process launched us into interesting and surprising relationships.”
From the “Above Below Within Without” artist statement 2008.
In order to receive a direct imprint from the land, our land in South Louisiana. It is an act of purity. The purest most direct, honest image of the land.