Sibling Rivalry II, 56'x10x1' (depth),
Paper, wood, fibers, weather data.
Shown as installed at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA.
Even though this piece was made in
2016, the recent storms of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and
Hurricane Maria changed the meaning of this piece for me. As a
result, I decided to build extensions on both sides to adapt the
piece to a new space and to recognize that the meaning of a piece
of art is in constant flux as new storms, redefine how Katrina
and Sandy are understood.
For me, every storm has at least
two narratives. The first narratives is the scientific one, made
up of temperature differences and pressure gradients that generate
energy to build these storms and then propel them forward as they
travel over water and land. The components of this narrative come
from scientific instruments that function a bit like metronomes
in that they dutifully record weather data in defined time segments.
The second narrative is the one build on human experience, made
up of our own stories or those of others who have survived the
storm. Emotions, tragedy, misery, bravery and hope all become
important lenses through which we interpret these experiences
and try to draw lessons from the storm to be better prepared for
the next one. I believe we need both types narratives to understand
the dissonance and co-existence between the physic of weather
with the theater of human responses as we come to terms with our