A stream of cyanotype banners, FLUVIAL braided stories from the land with the low honey creek. Engaging stories from neighbors and original peoples, the marks of native plants, and rural and agricultural remnants were bound together on the banner’s surface. Participants wandered through the stories of this community and engaged with this land through every sense while reading small moments from its many stories.
In order to tell this story, we collected stories from folks with roots in the region, exploring the agricultural, personal, and spiritual histories of the land. The banners hold grasses, wildflowers, handwriting, and other forms created by the shadow of objects from bucolic or domestic life. Blending together water, story, and imprint, a moment of time and land is captured on fabric. Participants considered how land and the water hold deep meaning, and how we can capture and share that story. Displayed from September 20 - October 10, 2020, viewers waded through the stories, receiving snippets of the memories of and hopes for this land.
FLUVIAL was created in collaboration with alternative photographer Emilie Bouvier and sculptor Crysten Nesseth. Emilie guided the cyanotype process, Crysten fabricated the banner structures. I served as Lead Artist, managing the project in its entirety and engaging the community for this artwork.