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Old Traces of the New Year

Posted on: Friday, December 28, 2007

As 2008 beckons, we look for traces of those things we hope to carry with us to steer us into the New Year. Which impressions, imprints, or mental maps will continue to guide us into territory both familar and uncharted?

I am reminded of the work of my Iranian artist friend Ahmad Nadalian and his cylinder seal sand drawings and environmental installations. I love that Nadalian uses ancient technology to generate new ways of viewing the landscape and the fragility of our relationship to it. A fitting metaphor perhaps as we adopt old ways to look at the outline of the new in the year that lies ahead.

Biomimicry and Termite Mounds

Posted on: Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I recently wrote a piece for Inhabitat on biomimicry and energy-efficient architectural design. 'Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds' can be read at the following link. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:"The Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, typifies the best of green architecture and ecologically sensitive adaptation. The country’s largest office and shopping complex is an architectural marvel in its use of biomimicry principles. The mid-rise building, designed by architect Mick Pearce in conjunction with engineers at Arup Associates, has no conventional air-conditioning or heating, yet stays regulated year round with dramatically less energy consumption using design methods inspired by indigenous Zimbabwean masonry and the self-cooling mounds of African termites.."

Regeneration and Reseeding

Posted on: Sunday, December 09, 2007

Regeneration 01 (2007) paper, fiber, vegetation

One of the great things about taking a bit of time off from one's creative work is that materials seem so fresh and new when one returns to previous art projects. There is also an opportunity to reseed one's pieces with more fertile, incubated notions. I used to create primarily works on paper - drawings, collages, and mixed media pieces - but now I am totally enamored with the particles and ethereal bits that constitute the life cycle of paper. Regeneration requires risk. I have to remind myself to sometimes let go and simply throw things to the wind.

Regeneration 02 (2007) paper, fiber, vegetation

Regeneration 03 (2007) paper, fiber, vegetation

Regeneration 06 (2007) paper, fiber, vegetation

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