|One can never step twice into the same river...or can they? (Deschutes 1500-1640, Jan 13, 2014)|
Imagine how interesting, and complex, the world would be if “every natural system had an inner life, a conscious center, from which it directs and observes its action” (quoted passage from Werner J. Krieglstein's Compassion: a new philosophy of the other, 2002, p. 118).
|Deschutes River Self-portrait January 3, 2014|
This work plays with the idea that all natural systems have an inner life. Through facilitating these drawings, I strive to give natural systems a voice through their creating of self-portraits. For these river drawings the movement of the water results in the mark-making, and the colors represent the current state of the water and the atmosphere. I end up just being a tool in the process of allowing the river to draw itself.
|Willamette River Self-portrait January 5, 2014|
For Deschutes River Self-portrait January 3, 2014 it was a beautiful, clear day, resulting in the use of a sky blue for the base color. The sky was overcast and rapidly changing when the collage One can never step twice into the same river...or can they? (Deschutes 1500-1640, Jan 13, 2014) was made, resulting in the varied mix of colors used over the hour and forty minutes I spent at the river. No water quality data is available for the Deschutes, so no colors from the color key were used in these drawings.
On the Willamette River there is a US Geologic Survey monitoring station, which provides near-real-time data on the water quality. The combination of colors from the color key, plus sky colors, resulted in Willamette River Self-portrait January 5, 2014.
Check back as I plan to expand this project to include lakes and oceans, the air, and the land. And see the Natural Systems Self-portraits page on my new website.