Skulls are symbolic and carry the weight of ending and loss of life. Winter also is symbolic and carries the same weight, so it seemed right to begin here, at the perceived end. Cycle is an interpretation of life and transition. Hand-built skulls were created to make two-piece plaster molds. The molds were used to create the slip cast skulls. The skulls created are unfired and infused with fireweed seed. Fireweed is a plant that the community agreed is used to measure the seasons. The unfired skulls are placed in the Alaskan environment at the start of winter. As the seasons shift the skull will dissolve and plant the seed. In spring the seed will germinate and sprout. Shifting into summer the flower of the fireweed blooms up the central stalk, the higher on the stem the further into summer. And when the flower goes to seed the community knows Autumn is upon them. The cycle is ready to repeat. And so by not firing the clay and allowing transition, the project will out last the object.
unfired clay, seeds
Land art installation
2015 Rasmuson Artist in Residence. University of Alaska, Fairbanks