Dragon. Douglas Fir, Plaster 4’ W x 3’ H x 1’D 2016
This wall mounted sculpture explores the relationship between time and transformation as well as the interaction of water, air, and solid materials which cause the sculpture to react. The viewer fills a reservoir with approximately 16 ounces of water and slowly funnels the water into the dragon’s tail. The weight of the water in the tail lifts the wings. After a few days or so, the water in the tail is drawn out through a process known as capillary action. Capillary action (sometimes called capillary motion or wicking) is the ability of a liquid to flow into narrow spaces without the assistance of, or even in opposition to, external forces like gravity. In this piece, the capillary action will ultimately cause the water in the tail to evaporate and, as a result, the wings are slowly lowered until they reach their resting point. In this fast paced high intensity world with lightning fast data streams, Dragon harkens back to a time where the days, seconds, and minutes seemed more gradual and slow-footed. It also puts a spotlight on how some of the most powerful changes that exist in the nature of things often can be creeping, protracted, and nearly imperceptible.