"Glimmering and vast" ("Ah, love, let us be true/to one another!")

Aluminum foil, nuts, fishing line, s-hooks, light. Foil disc dimensions: 1’ – 3’ diameter

UICA, Grand Rapids, MI for the show Limit(less). 2013. Photos by Amanda Carmer.

Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, OH. 2012.

This installation is both a light drawing on the wall and an immersive environment; the discs, suspended around the perimeter of the room and intensely lit, reflect brilliant watery patterns. The center of the room is not directly lit. Human interaction causes the discs to rotate, sway, and shudder, so that the light drawing constantly changes. At the same time, the discs occasionally scratch across one another. The sound of scraping metal and the at-times violent movement of an otherwise quiet room enhance the chill and brightness of the installation. Based on the Victorian-era poem “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold, this work reflects the themes of his writing: our enchantment with the beauty of the world, our disillusionment and melancholy with this same world, and our need to find at least some strand of peace or hope with a loved one.

This installation has also been exhibited in 2016 at the Kitchen Table Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and in 2014 at the Melidao Arts Center in Shanghai, China for an exhibition, Greetings from the East to the West, and curated by Xiaolong "Paul" Fang.

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