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Whorl

site-specific art

Altered Books by Jacqueline Rush Lee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_book

Whorl Series

Whorl Series

WHORL is an ongoing body of site-specific work initiated in 2012 that intersects and builds upon themes from previous bodies of works; most notably my ephemeral series of fired books from Ex Libris. A common practice in my work is to employ external processes that once initiated by hand create chance occurrences that reveal the sublime or poetic. In this series sculptural book forms are created and inserted into the cavity of a tree to simulate a whorl in a tree hollow. Over a period of time the books return to their botanical origins as they are gradually subsumed by nature. Painted by a natural patina of mold and encased in termite spit, the forms become almost petrified and wood-like, with traces of their former texts still present, but resembling cultural artifacts. Time, changing weather conditions and insect activity re-write the narrative of the original books. As iconic vessels of culture, knowledge, and classification systems, WHORL resonates as an imprint on how we leave our mark on nature, and how nature eventually leaves its mark on us as a larger, comprehensive system at work. Philosophies related to Kintsugi as metaphor and finding beauty and meaning in objects that are breaking down or are quiet and unassuming are a driving force behind this work. I am currently looking for a gallery in which to show a solo exhibition of this work that will be accompanied by large-scale photos and a book of images and poetry

Image Above: WHORL 2012-2014

 The original WHORL placed within its tree “host” before it transitioned. 2012

The original WHORL placed within its tree “host” before it transitioned. 2012

 Untitled 2016-2017

Untitled 2016-2017

 Tome Detail

Tome Detail

 Whorl in transition

Whorl in transition

Cove Forest Trail Marker, GA 2017

Cove Forest Trail Marker, GA 2017

Trail Marker Detail 2017

Trail Marker Detail 2017

A reference to my Irish heritage and culture of literacy. This interlacing form is reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts and the Book of Kells

 Penland WHORL 2017

Penland WHORL 2017

 Penland Whorl— encountered later in the year [2017]. Photo Credit: Matthew Daniel Price, IL

Penland Whorl— encountered later in the year [2017]. Photo Credit: Matthew Daniel Price, IL

Trail Marker, Virginia 2018

Trail Marker, Virginia 2018

Photo Credit: Paige Critcher, VA

Trail Marker, Virginia. November 2018

Trail Marker, Virginia. November 2018

Photo Credit, Paige Critcher

University of Hawaii at Manoa WHORL Installation 2016 [Crowning Whorl]

University of Hawaii at Manoa WHORL Installation 2016 [Crowning Whorl]

Crowning Whorl [One year later]

Crowning Whorl [One year later]

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