Each afternoon, hundreds of bunches of nylon bustles are illuminated by the yellow glow of the setting sun across the river.
OCCURS EACH AFTERNOON
Wave Hill, Bronx, New York
Nylon bristles, vinyl tubing, silicone adhesive, sandblasted glass
6 feet high x 4 feet wide x 6 inches deep
For Emily Dickinson, Rendered, curated by Jennifer McGregor
A visual response to Emily Dickinson’s “The largest Fire ever known / occurs each Afternoon—,” hundreds of nylon bristles attached to the interior and exterior of the gallery’s west-facing window capture the colors of setting sun. Calling to mind Dickinson’s juxtapositions of domesticity with nature, the stillness of the indoor threads contrasts with the windblown outdoor filaments.
The Dickinson poem is sandblasted into lines of glass on the window sill.
The largest fire ever known
Occurs each afternoon,
Discovered without surprise,
Proceeds without concern:
Consumes, and no report to men,
An Occidental town,
Rebuilt another morning
To be again burned down.
- Emily Dickinson (1830 -1886)
The filaments vary in length from 1 inch to 5 feet long. The longest bristles hang down to the floor like human hair.
This installation’s hair-like lines create dynamic interactions with the existing view. While remaining quiet on one side and blowing madly on the other, the filaments create a counterpoint to the patterns of bare tree limbs in the foreground and throw mobile shadows on the stationary domestic architecture.