Documentary

Filmmaker Aaron McNight saw my digital transfer work on fabric and was intrigued by the process. I took him to many of my favorite local spots where I gather photographic textures, and the landscape we choose was the two beautiful dry docked sailboats on Point White, Bainbridge Island.
We had this crazy idea to take the finished piece to the location of inspiration and film it within the landscape. As we planned an old man walked up and let us know we were on his property and that the two boats were used for fishing by his family and one day in 1964 they were docked on the Point and have not moved since. He went on to let us know that hundreds of people have been to the site and have made art from these two boats so don’t go believing that you two are somehow original thinkers and are the first to be inspired by his families legacy. Then he graciously gave us permission to continue to do the work we came to do.
This documentary explores the beauty of decay. The multiple layers of bottom paint attached to rotten wood explores humans moving through time, working, fishing, ties to family, and finally how all experience is put to memory. A falling apart sailboat is evidence to experience, a tangible pile of debris that lays bare our nautical dependence- this island life.
When I study the texture of human tools and nature’s urge to take them back, I focus on a simple seam or the head of a nail and I am reminded of how quickly something can dissolve back into nothing without the constant aid of our attention and obsessions. A temporary endless cycle, our time.
Part of this film was made at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art during my solo exhibition in the Spring of 2014.

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