Masts and Anchors
A Site-Specific Sculpture Installation/Earthworks for La Coyotera Taller Estudio, Umecuaro, Michoacan State, Mexico
"Masts and Anchors" makes reference to life's journeys ... the passage of time both in the journey, and in the ruins of the passage, connecting multiple timeframes and sites. This piece not only makes reference to historic forms and mythologies, the process utilizes ancient techniques that recreate an archaeological dig. Seeing only the top 4' of the sides of the boat implies the hull remains buried beneath the surface, suspended in time and mystery. The anchors are literally tied to the masts, evoking the missing vessels.
My work is both highly tactile and deeply referential, with materials evoking our primal earth, to structures we create and discard, to our cultures and traditions – existing outside a fixed moment. A tension and balance between security and impermanence echo in the materials chosen and the forms created, which offer a mixing of hidden narrative and exposed layers, examining ongoing cycles of cohesion and disintegration.
The site-specific sculpture is sited at the lake's edge for context and added mystery as the water level ebbs and flows. The five 6M' vertical "masts" are sunk into the ground, in or out of the water's edge that are connected to "anchors" by natural handmade ropes. The anchors are based on pre-historic forms used for anchors, inspired by those seen at the Haifa, Israel Maritime Museum, the earliest found anchors.
The midst of this grouping is "La Barca", the boat 1M x 3M x 2 1/2M, appearing to be emerging from the earth and water. Made from overlapping flat stones, laid and layered to about 4' in height. The anchors were cast in cement and dirt, the mold dug directly into the hillside, and creating its own "archaeological dig". The anchors are 4' x 10" x 2'.