Effluence • Beekman Street
In 2016 I created Effluence I. The form is meant to indicate a sense of energy, momentum and movement within the forces of nature and gravity. In contemplating its connection to humanity, I considered the length of fabric as a single line. It has been said that ‘life is a line,’ and if that is so, we understand there is a beginning and an end to that line. But what of the middle? How can we visually describe the human condition – the trappings of the body, the conflicts of the heart, the struggles of faith that keep us forever grasping for a clue to our purpose, our individual and collective reasons for existence? If the ‘line’ lif life could be as a length of fabric, then the ‘middle’ of the journey, the substance that individualizes this life, would be twisted, tangled, knotted, deviating in various directions yet tethered to its center, as we are all tethered to our bodies, for now.