A Wind From Noplace is an interdisciplinary body of visual artworks, creative research and writings surrounding my attempts to understand human ecology through a personal lens. In the making of these works, I attempt to uncover and transcribe the psychophysiological roots of my intimacy with land, flora, and fauna.
The installation includes two large kinetic landscape sculptures with corresponding videos and a third, smaller sculpture. Beside the largest of the sculptures, the wall text reads:
What does it mean to hold memories of a changing landscape? Like lost loved ones, can we keep mountains and meadows with us after they are gone, or after we have gone from them? A Wind From Noplace uses physiological data to understand the land as an object of affection, a surrogate for emotional relationships with humans absent from our lives. With a collection of heartbeats and brainwaves, I attempt to reanimate the landscapes of my memory, blurring lines of species, geography, and self.
In each kinetic sculpture, I capture several moments of my body’s responses to natural landscapes, translating the fluctuations in physiological activity relating to sensory perception into a visual language for interpreting emotion and sensation.
These brief moments of bodily response to stimuli were captured over the summer in remote or isolated locations, after I completed a six-week trek through mountainous backcountry. I’ve spent the nine months since I came out of the backcountry trying to remember it, to hold onto what that immersion did for me, both in body and mind. In A Wind From Noplace, the viewer is not only witness to those moments, but participant in my attempts to reconfigure them.
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