THE COOPER UNION SCHOOL OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING Site specific installation in the lobby of new academic building 2010
Someone once described to me a technique that Micronesian natives used to navigate across great distances between small islands. They perceive themselves as static objects while feeling the water and the land moving around them. They navigate following the ocean currents and swells. The natives observed the direction of, and sensed subtle changes in, the patterns of the swelling of the waves as they bounced off the shores of an island beyond. SWELL is a single undulating gesture. Its surface gently rises, creating a sense of becoming submerged. The substance of SWELL is woven together from multiple threads. Each thread has its beginning and end beyond the limits of the installation and each is a path. These paths are bound together within a single surface by tension. The numerous strings, intricately laced, divide the space of the gallery many times over into above and below. SWELL is an airy, cloud-like structure with just enough materiality to transform the light passing through it. A complex patterned shadow is cast creating a projection, a delicate memory.