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Site-specific installation for The Earth is a Secret Knot at the Pickle Company, in response to the poem "The Dark Shy Pupil" by Christine Marshall.

This piece was done for David Ruhlman and Rachel Marston's wedding party and art exhibition, in which visual artists were asked to respond to selected works by writers. I loved the poem selected for me and immediately felt akin to its imagery. This loose collaboration resulted in a suspended kinetic installation with dripping molasses, invoking a repetition of the image of a black dilating and contracting pupil.

The Dark Shy Pupil

"The dark shy pupil

of sky, lit

against the quaking

lengths of unleaved

trees. Tips tilt

toward tips,

listing

heads within

a klatch of blackened heads.


And the moon, an iris

dilating. Watching

for its mate, the one

still traveling

towards another

kindred light. Likeness

following

likeness. Iron

filings lining

fields."

Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
Untitled: The Dark Shy Pupil
Molasses, peanut oil, monofilament, static mixing tubes, nylon fabric, fiber
approx. 10' x 10' x 5'