Wendy Kawabata

Grow In Light

Grow in Light began during a residency on the Arctic Circle in Iceland. In that time I both acclimated to and resisted the patterns of near constant daylight, and a kind of life close to the bone. I took as my starting point the endless fields of the mountain Spákonufell, pervasive handiwork, and the vulnerability of the land to aluminum smelting. I traveled to this less inhabited corner hoping to hear more clearly amid the quiet. Quiet was found, but tempered by the resonance of land as potential commodity. The incongruity between wild nature and industry in Icelandʼs highlands left me feeling spare and dislocated. As always with travel, I went looking for something, and found something else. These flowers are not something else, or somewhere else. While borne from a search for the wild, they have become routine and domestic. In this way they become the insistence of interior experiences – the constant pressure of something hidden but not forgotten.



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