The Wishing Tree Project
Mixed media interactive installation and the resulting charcoal and ash wish drawings
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2012: Mixed media interactive installation.
Materials include: 150+ year old tulip poplar wood and bark on locust limb central support post; plywood base with latex paint; Irish coins; selvage linen canvas clooties, cloth and paper clooties; holy well sounds recorded in May 2010 from various wells in England and Cornwall. Dimensions variable; 11’H x 12’W x 8’D as installed at the Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Fine Art Center, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
2013 to present: Wishing Tree charcoal and ash drawings.
After burning the removable branches that held the wish clooties, I created each work based on the wish categories from the resulting charcoal and ash.
Examples of the holy well sounds I recorded in May 2010 that are part of the full installation:
Seven Bisley Wells – The Seven Wells of Bisley, the Costwolds, England (playing upon page load)
Madron Saint’s Cell – Madron Holy Well, the Saint’s Cell, West Penwith, Cornwall, England
St Euny’s Well #2 – Growth – one of a pair of ancient wells at Chapel Euny, west of the Carn Euny settlement, Brane, near Sancreed, West Penwith, Cornwall, England