Potential Energy

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Potential Energy

425.00

Potential Energy is a different kind of piece for me.  I've never before created in a stack of boxes in this way, and I relished the new challenge.  I took it as an opportunity to play with depth of space, the problem of story-telling across multiple spaces, and a kind of architectural fascination with overlapping arcs.  

Part of my love of these divers (which show up often in my work) is purely visceral, embodied memory.  There was an old metal swimming pool in the backyard of the house in New Mexico where I grew up, and my sisters and I spent the hot desert summers almost entirely in the chloriney coolness of its waters.  The sensation of arching my spine into underwater arcs that turned into somersaults was one of the purest delights of my childhood.

At a more metaphorical level, I also was thinking in this piece about the different levels of consciousness. As the divers descend down down down from the smallest to the largest space, I imagined it as a kind of journey through layers of consciousness, or different mind-states - from the swirling eddies, to the free falls, to the exploratory outreach within a turbulent space, to the final graceful catching of the thought or insight in the clean, clear waters of the deep mind.

Also, colorful felted balls!  

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Dimensions:  2' H, 5" W (at base); 3" D (at base)

Display:  Potential Energy can stand on a shelf or table, or hang on a wall.  Perfect for a narrow space between doors, or other skinny vertical spot!

Materials:  found boxes; "potential energy" caption and diving man images from vintage physics textbook; recycled cardboard; recycled and altered shopping bag; felt balls; encaustic wax (in top box insert); original photo of swimming pool water; puffy paint