WHORL is an ongoing body of site-specific work that was initially started in 2013. A sculptural book form was inserted into the cavity of a tree to simulate a whorl in a tree hollow. Over time the books returned to their botanical origins and were gradually subsumed by nature. Painted by a natural patina of mold and encased in termite spit, the forms become 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 a larger, comprehensive system at work.
Image Above: WHORL
University of Hawaii at Manoa WHORL Installation 2016
One year later
Cove Forest Trail Marker, GA 2017
Penland WHORL 2017
Original WHORL 2013