Gathering of Waters, An Invitation to Know Your River: Basia Irland
by Mark B. Feldman
How can art convey the interconnectedness that is so central to ecology both as science and cultural theory? And how can artists nudge viewers to become active participants, not just onlookers or consumers of beautiful images? Basia Irland’s Gathering of Waters offers one compelling set of answers to these questions. Her projects help us to notice something that we often take for granted (water) and to visualize what is usually invisible (watersheds); they facilitate social situations that foster environmental stewardship; and they also involve the more familiar production of beautiful objects as documentation for ephemeral, process-based actions....see the entire article in the print version of September's Sculpture magazine.
Tome I, 2007. 250 pounds of ice and mountain maple, columbine, and blue spruce seeds, 28 x 20
x 8 in.