Occurs Each Afternoon…
For Emily Dickinson, Rendered;
Wave Hill, Bronx, NY 2007
curated by Jennifer McGregor
6 feet tall x 3’ 8”feet wide x 6” deep. Nylon bristles, vinyl tubing , silicone adhesive, sandblasted glass.
Using the gallery's west facing window, this device catches the sunset as celebrated by the Emily Dickinson poem "The largest fire ever know occurs each Afternoon—" Hundreds of tufts of nylon bristles are attached to both sides of the windowpanes. As the sun sets, the filaments capture the color of the sunset. The bristles vary in length from 1 inch long to 5 feet long tufts which droop down to the floor. The stillness of the indoor bristles contrasts with the windblown threads on the outside of the window, a reference to Dickinson’s contrasts of domesticity and nature. The tangle filters the view beyond to the Hudson River and creates a counterpoint to the patterns of bare tree limbs in the foreground.