Falling Leaves

Land Art Exhibition, Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise. March 14 – April 26, 2020.

Together with eight other artists I was invited to participate in the juried Land Art Exhibition at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise to create an ephemeral installation. Ephemeral by definition means short-lived, transient, fleeting, or passing.

Unfired porcelain when exposed to the elements is impermanent and will dissolve over time. For Falling Leaves I hand built over 500 porcelain leaves and strung them unfired on wool, some of which I had hand dyed with wolf lichen that I had collected. The leaves surrounding the artist statement and the ones with metal leaf were fired in the kiln so that they would retain their shape and serve as reminders of the leaves that had dissolved over time. I absolutely loved making this installation, it was right up my alley. Thank you for the opportunity. 

The show opened just before the COVID-19 outbreak. Falling Leaves did justice to its name, and the leaves – shockingly – dissolved much quicker than anticipated despite careful preparations. In a way that was very appropriate and symbolic for the world wide shut down that happened shortly after the opening of the show. 

I dedicated this installation to my father who, as a landscape designer, created the most fantastic gardens.