Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Long Walk

Myself and members of SEAT were invited to make artworks/ animations for Susan Robb's project The Long Walk- a group of 50 walkers trekked for 4 days, and 3 nights from Puget Sound to Snoqualmie Falls.  The event took place July 28-31 along the King County Regional Trail System. I was exited to make my first visual art project in years (the above photos). My idea was to make 50 small drawings of a walker (taken from one of my films).  The process of drawing from life (or photos) is all about observation. It's about the slowing down of time that allows you see and experience things in ways you never have before. This was also the purpose of The Long Walk. The installation was only up for a few hours till the Long Walkers passed by, then I took it down and photographed the drawings for a short looped animation. Two other SEAT members (Britta Johnson & Tess Martin) also made trail installations that were made into looped animations. The following day we made a kite installation in a barn further up the trail near Carnation under the guidance of SEAT member Webster Crowell, and that evening our animations were projected on the kites during a Long Walk social event (photos of the kite installation can be see here). I feel very honored to have been involved with this event, and hope next year to maybe experience it as a walker.