Thunder Bay, 2019
Fabricated steel, cast concrete, and light.
10’ x 3’ x 3’.
Thunder Bay was exhibited at the 2019 Faculty Biennial at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC.
‘Thunder Bay’ explores architectural forms out of context in conversation with memories and ideas. A light post suggests both safety and warning at once - it can represent a safe place or a type of beacon, yet can also expose one to dangers. Early lighthouses and buoys were meant both to draw sailors to shore, but also to warn of unsafe waters. The fabricated steel suggests a gesture or something organic or plant-like in its twist. At a simple level, the work speaks to a contrast in natural and human made forms. Thunder Bay is a city in Ontario, Canada where my grandparents remains were found along with their small private plane in 1981, six years after they had disappeared. In this way the form speaks to the contrasting notions around a beacon of light.