This was created as a contemplative exposition of my work themes for the Wisconsin Academy of Arts Letters and Sciences, International Water Day 2015.
f i l m b e a d s
Water is physically or metaphorically present throughout my practice. Here, I translate my ongoing experiences of viewing one northern American river through 4 years and 4 seasons into an interrelated video series, using the spiritually significant numbers (108, 99, 59, 36) often associated with the rosary and St. Michael's chaplet, misbaha, and mala. The idea of the use of beads as walking meditation, as an awareness practice in everyday life, is as my daily work of walking and being with particular bodies of water.
3 6 b e a d s (an archangel)
This is a Wisconsin river meditation in the form of a chaplet created for a Wisconsin Academy of Arts Letters and Sciences invitational exhibition honouring International Water Day 2015. A single river walked and photographed over the course of 2 years, this chaplet is part of an ongoing video piece of 108 beads chronicling this particular river over 4 seasons and 4 years.
36 Beads | A River Meditation
This is a piece created for an exhibition honouring International Water Day 2015.
o n d a g a w a
The Onda River (Ondagawa) in western Tokyo is an outlying urban river, undergoing cautious watercourse restoration. Under the sun, even shadows are penetrated by an intense stellar light.
p a i n t i n g s
My images have slid more and more into the light and darkness of earlier ink and intaglio work, more gestural, yet also I hope more present in actual sighting of seas, rivers, streams, pools.
I am still immersed in watery things and thoughts, in kinds of spiritual numerations. I am still very much tied to the physical nature of my materials and to the landscapes that inspire them. I like to make things that remain, that are left as remnants of place.
rapids 1 2015 acrylic, ink on clayboard 36 x 60in
deep edges 2015 acrylic, ink on clayboard 24 x 24in
rapids 3 2015 acrylic, ink on clayboard 24 x 24in
rapids 2 2015 acrylic, ink on clayboard 36 x 60in
rapids 4 2015 acrylic, ink on clayboard 24 x 24in
rapids 5 2015 acrylic in clayboard 24 x 24in
rapids 6 2015 acrylic on clayboard 24 x 24in
s t e l a
This is a film done for a Ninebark Press 2015 book trailer for novelist/ poet Anca Cristofovici. Music composed by Tyler Marino. Video and book image by Marsha McDonald. Text by the author and Ninebark Press.
STELA TRAILER ( A Novel by Anca Cristofovici )
e l e m e n t s o f
This is an ongoing documenting of stones and worn objects - found in fields, streams, rivers, seas, on footpaths and in parking lots, from places on 3 continents. These are the discarded, the walked upon, the unnoticed that surround us.
m a g l e m o s i a n 2014 digital print 13 x 19in
Darby Creek Glass 2013 digital print 13 x 19in
Digitally unaltered images of light during the night upon and in the Sakai River, Japan. This is an urban river, enclosed, contained, yet for me an expansive and expressive field of movement at night.
1000 c a n o e s
100 small gold leaf boats, with bronze ribs, found buried inside a large clay pot in Denmark. Subiya, Pesse, Noyen-sur-Seine, Dufuna. The relic journeys of life and death repeat themselves. This work is comprised of 1000 copper leaf and painted 8 inch suspended origami canoes. It was begun while my husband was ill and ended after his death. Moments aware, like beads in prayer, become a solitary practice. Folding fragile objects of passage remade and recorded a remnant of a personal voyage. It is an all too human journey, an inevitable watery event.
Installed for a 2015 invitational exhibition honouring 2015 International Water Day.
s a k a i g a w a
I have lived next to this river, walking along it. It is an ordinary river, and such ordinary places deserve attention. They can teach us about looking, liveliness and the spirited movement of things that surround us..
Created for the Venice Vending Machine ED. III, installed at the 56th Venice Biennale, this multiple addresses the 2015 summer crisis crossings on the Mediterranean sea. The number 1,867 is the United Nations Refugee Council's death count for Mediterranean boat crossings, January through June 2015.
b l a c k s t o n e s
39 small patinated bronzes fill with water. Black stones, black water. Remembrance of fulvic seas and farmland - continuum.
k u r a
c y a n o t y p e s
b o r r o w e d o b j e c t s
f l a g c h a r c o a l p a p e r
me t a l w o o d w a t e r
2014年10月25日 Studio Kura 糸島（日本）
The cycle of the hours at Studio Kura begin and end with an often predictable but, given the challenges of rural life, not monotonous regularity. Morning, midday, and evening, rising or retiring, I wash, cook, and clean. Like the households around me, it is my ever-present routine. Three simple verbs - cook, wash, and clean - reveal much about the sacred and mundane in everyday life.