Over the years, beginning in 2008, I have drawn dirigibles. The verve to do so had seemed to come from ‘nowhere.’ So for this installation, I explored possibilities as to what had drawn me to these ‘lighter than air’ vessels.
My journey for answers led me to “The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed” by John McPhee and it was through that odd book that I began to understand a sympathy for the ‘lost cause.’ The book chronicles, airship Deltoid 7 (among others), which never got off the ground.
The dried and withered fruit and vegetables in this wall installation are part a collection that began 2 years ago with a dry shriveled beet I found under a shelf at work and was struck by its beauty.
These unknown, hidden, dried up and inert lumps in our histories are somehow comforting to me. Flightless is my own beautiful, encumbered vessel that was shown at the flynndog in 2014.
The work comprised a variety of dried fruits and vegetables as well as ink on a 15' X 20' wall.
Photo Credits - Jeff Clarke