Petrified Forest National Park
Artist-in-Residence: July 2019
Above: Collage created with map of the Petrified Forest (public domain, government document, circa 1980), and photo of the Virginia backwoods (my own).
Statement of Intent
Why Petrified Forest National Park is an ideal setting for your art:
As a textile artist, color and texture are integral to my work. The Petrified Forest National Park is a setting that has already inspired my work visually from afar, so I feel that incorporating myself into the landscape directly will not only give richer context to the work I have begun to produce, but also inspire me more directly. Physicality is an essential piece of textile art that I feel is lacking in my current understanding of the park, and being within the park – interacting and breathing the park in – would allow me to capture a more complete picture in my art.
How this collaboration will positively influence the park and its visitors:
My undergraduate thesis focused on communicating modes of textile production (predominantly machine knitting) to members of the greater New York City area. I want to continue this work, and I think that the visitors of the park would benefit from not only learning about these modes of production and producing their own work with the techniques, but also gain a greater understanding from the park as a result. Because of the marriage of the physical and the visual in textiles, I feel that visitors would become immersed in the splendor of the park as a result of making work with me that reflected the very nature of it. This immersion would lead to a greater appreciation of the park and give another mode of understanding to encourage visitation.
From your perspective, what does your most ideal scenario look/feel like here if selected:
My ideal scenario would be to balance my time in the park doing two things: recording the park from different perspectives (photo collage, watercolor, and machine knitted garments) and collecting this into a book; as well as producing an interactive demonstration for the public that would show how to translate 2D visual art (likely watercolor) into a 3D representation (machine knitting).
What work of your art you would donate, copyright free and for unlimited use into perpetuity, to the park:
I will donate a complete look (collection of 2-3 garments) that are inspired by my time within the park and time with the public.
Pre-Visit Collages + Theme Exploration
Inspired by music and compositions by Michael Beckett and Zosha Warpeha.
Words by James Murphy.
Above: Collages created using photos from my own archive (circa 2013) from California and Virginia / some photos pulled from public domain, government images of the Petrified Forest and surrounding area.
Pre-Visit Sketches + Form/Color Brainstorming
Created in part using textile scans (my own) and rock images (used with permission from Ryan Thompson: explore his work here).