On the River

included in Of Land & Local, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT, 2014

Kathryn Lipke, Installation “On the River”

The installation, “On the River”, includes the sculptures, “Sightline,” both housing video and sound, a nine foot vessel made using saplings covered with a skin of hand made Japanese Kozo paper, a river of stones and flasks filled with water, plus the videos  “Ghost Vessel” and “Caress”.  The videos act in parallel and as a subtext,  to the cyclical, regenerative and spiritual properties of water.

chemistry flask suspended above North Branch River

Chemistry flask with water suspended over the North Branch River, photo Ernst Michel

For the past 18 years I have been living on the edge of the North Branch River in Vermont, where the river and the flow of water has become the subject of much of much of my artwork.  It is depicted in video,  sound, sculpture and photo as movement,  as nurturing and life giving.  Water is economics, it represents sustenance,  it reflects space and time.  The river can be both beautiful and threatening, it is dreams and memory,  it is light absorbed and reflected, it is power.

launch of the burning vessel for the video, “Ghost Vessel” photo John Miller

video Ghost Vessel