"Monarch Rabble"



I have long been fascinated by the movement and organization of flocks of birds. In the fall and early winter they sweep over my home, combing the sky in long graceful ribbons. At other times they arrive in tight three dimensional volumes which morph and turn and swoop. These birds in flight are like ant colonies or swarms of bees. Not only do they seem to have a distinct form, but also a sense of organization and purpose. These animals aren’t following the orders of a single leader. They are self-organized. The swarm’s organization comes from the individual exchanges between creatures. This phenomenon seems to happen both on the micro level with groups of birds and bees, and on the macro level with human contemporary culture. In our ever present internet communities, there are no dictators. We build groups through individual exchanges with other people. We swarm around news flashes or current trends, and then respond with blogs, tweets and comments. To a certain extent, our culture is taking shape through these exchanges between individuals… organizing itself… finding purpose.

My site specific installations behave like swarms. Suspended mixed media elements form swirling volumes which float through a space. They seem to morph and swoop. The effect is created by an accumulation of repeated shapes on geometrically arranged lines (monofilament). The viewer is wrapped into the same space as the work. Like real swarms they are ephemeral. Because they are constructed from impermanent materials and installed for a restricted time, their life span is limited. The obsessive and excessive construction suggests an attempt to achieve a sublime level of illusion.