As so often is the case, an idea came to mind and simply would not leave until I did something about it. In the Fall of 2011, I began drawing umbrellas—on paper, on mugs, inside bowls—and in the summer of 2012, I continued this theme by making miniature umbrellas out of any material I could get my hands on—plaster, porcelain, glass, steel. I soon found that as they multiplied, my interest grew and I decided to increase the scale to life size. I began the physical manifestation of the full scale porcelain umbrellas in December. Throughout the course of the project, I became acutely attuned to umbrellas—their various shapes, colors, patterns—but even moreso, the way that they release their form to the wind and rain. I kept this notion in mind as I moved the umbrellas into the firing cycle, supporting them in the kiln in various ways to allow the heat of the kiln have a say in the way that each umbrella relaxed or was supported in the firing. The result is that even though all of the umbrellas were cast from the same mold, no two are exactly alike. Three months of work culminated in a late February installation of eleven umbrellas, titled “January Swim.” This piece celebrated the interaction of people with the work. By day, the umbrellas created a space to move within, in the evening, they reflected the light of the sky at dusk, and in the darkness of night, they became screens for projected video. 

In April  of 2014, I remounted the umbrellas at The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, as a part of Sound and Vision, the closing event for the Atlanta Film Festival. I worked in collaboration with light and video artist Danny Davis to further explore the function of these pieces as projection screens.

january swim, 2014

january swim, 2014

Sound and Vision, The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

january swim, 2014

january swim, 2014

The Goat Farms Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

january swim, 2014

january swim, 2014

The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

january swim, 2014

january swim, 2014

The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

january swim, 2013

january swim, 2013

slip cast porcelain and steel installation view at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC