Becky Heavner, MLA Blog

Traversal

Frogs are known to be bio-indicators or an indicator species; their health can serve as a biological warning sign for the overall health of the environment in which they live. Traversal is an interactive sculpture inspired by several ponds: a forbidden pond of my youth and a pond in my back yard in Virginia. On a summer night, frogs would chirp. In desperation to be close to them, I would grab a flashlight and scramble outside to find them. In this collaboration with Bryan Leister, animated frogs swim, controlled by a sensor and infared light in a flashlight. Several flashlights used simultaneously can cause the frogs to become agitated, creating an environment of empathy for the animations.

 

Traversal_01_Leister_Heavner

molded paper pulp, cheesecloth, glue, ink

exhibition: April 22- May 31, 2014

Walker Fine Art, Denver, Colorado

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