When do lots of Drops become a puddle?

It happened in May-June of 2017 in Kansas City, MO:

TRIBUTARY -“An exploration of the Missouri River, real and metaphorical” was a month-long deep-dive series of exhibits and programs sponsored primarily* by KC’s amazing Charlotte Street Foundation with  hydrologist Don Wilkison (aka M.O.I. – The Minister of Information) as chief organizer/curator. Artists and scientists presented contemporary art, current scientific research, interactive natural resource workshops and big river adventures to build understanding and appreciation of our nearby very long, complex and valuable natural resource, the Missouri River. It was an inspiring reminder of the value of collaboration across disciplines where parallel mingling of artistic and scientific approaches to problem solving include observation, experience, and intuition.

My contribution included…………

Drops in Petri Dishes, 2016-2017, Glass, acrylic, paper vellum, pencil, ink
Drops in Petri Dishes, 2012-2017, Glass, acrylic, paper vellum, pencil, ink…(c) The dishes are numbered with a hand-engraving tool. There were 55 “Drops” displayed on a white-topped desk-height table, near the broad south-facing front windows of La Esquina Gallery.

Drops in Petri Dishes represents actual places around the world where water meets land, and are “collected” in many cases from places where there is an issue such as water quality, water scarcity, or flooding. There are a few rare “drops” from places where there actually no longer is water, usually because of diversion, drought, or lack of snow-melt.

I’m continuing to add to this collection periodically with no end in sight currently. To date I have collected 125 drops.

To be clear…the collecting/finding part is fiction. “Find” means “make” though I sometimes “find” news stories which, eventually lead to a new Drop. The places depicted and abstracted are real, based on satellite mapping. I started making the drops in 2012, the petri dishes came later…the perfect frame, storage and metaphor.

I have the potential for lots of puddles in my flat files!!

*with additional funding support from Missouri Arts Council and ARTSKC.

 

“Paper Rivers” wall installation a nine foot reach

Every curvy line represents a place where water meets land on the surface of our earth.
Every curvy edge represents a place where water meets land on the surface of our earth. These approximately one hundred pieces of printed archival paper, cut into the shapes of the rivers and surrounding land forms previously printed as complete images, now connect to each other to form branches, veins, tributaries, as you wish.
Detail of my first ever wall installation!
Detail of my first ever wall installation! (There are five separate pieces within the foreground arched branch.)

Untitled wall installation from my broader “Paper Rivers” solo show at Gillis Gallery (now Gillis Art Lab, in keeping with their intent to showcase experimental work, completed or not.)

Wish I had taken more detail photos! Lesson learned.