GIFTS FOR THE RIVER:
THE NEST/ HOME
For nearly three months I spent my days in the woods beside the river, communing with and in quiet conversation with the river and woods, while creating temporary installations as offerings for the Gifts for the River Project. This nest was the "home" around which many of these projects were centered. It was built from fallen brush in the region and hovered just above the Chippewa River, at the edge of a beautiful cedar grove.
In addition to providing a central "home" for several of the works I created during this time, the nest was also included in the most beautiful eagle dance, as performed during the first snow of winter by Interdisciplinary artist, shapeshifter, and eagle dancer, Ty Defoe. Filmed by Katherine Freer and Alan Shi, the dance was edited into a film by Katherine Freer, and went onto to become an official selection at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. See the short film here.
The nest survived two icy Michigan winters and a spring flood. It received many gifts from anonymous visitors, in the form of found poems and artworks created by others beside and inside of it. I was sent many Facebook posts with people sitting inside of it, and also many conversations initiated by people who had stumbled upon it, debating what kind of nest it was and whether it was made by bird, animal, or human. Anonymously witnessing these conversations was an unexpectedly delightful gift. It was eventually removed by humans for an unknown reason.