Hourly Directional Field Notation, 31 August, 6 and 8 September, 2011
oil and graphite on linen
60 1/2 x 60 1/2 inches
I went to a seminar last night about walking and making art (or making art through walking, or walking as the work of art) and fell quietly in love with Helen Mirra’s Field Notations. She walks for seven hours, and at each hour, stops and makes a print or rubbing from the materials (rocks, branches) around her, using ink and muslin she carries with her in her backpack. And sometimes, with Ernst Karel, she takes hourly sound recordings as well. Her work makes me think differently about the experience of walking (and recording the experience) and how the long, long winter has made my walking hasty and utilitarian, unacknowledged, and unrecorded. Enough of that! Spring starts today, so gray and rainy and ready or not, I walk!