This installation recalls the meditative and emotional experience of watching and hearing the rain. Influenced by childhood memories of being inside on a rainy day and watching the rain drip down a windowpane. In this experience the mind becomes quiet while following the life of a drip, interacting with other drips, connecting, and separating. Something as simple as watching raindrops allows one to disappear into another world, to create other worlds, or to just observe closely and quietly. The hand-drawn images and stop-motion animations are played through an old black and white TV to connect the viewer to the past and to communicate a trance-like, meditative state of escaping the present.
The watercolor drawings of clouds were animated using digital stop-motion on an iPad. The animations were then converted to analog using a variety of adaptors in order to play through an old black & white television.
This installation was presented at The Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State University along with 10 other contemporary artists whose work engages with water. Curated by gallery director Ann Tarantino, the exhibition explores water from diverse viewpoints: whether as a medium for art-making, a springboard for exploring social justice issues, or as a metaphor for unknowable terrain. Participating Artists: Micaela Amateau Amato, Caetlynn Booth, Rob Carter, Ken Fandell, Bonnie Levinthal, Bethany Johnson, Giulia Piera Livi, Patrick McDonough, John Peña, Joseph Smolinski, and Jenna Spevack. AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
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