Grow In Light

Wendy Kawabata's avatar Wendy Kawabata

Grow in Light is built from over 1,000 wool flowers painted with silver acrylic paint, pinned individually to the wall with insect pins and was first installed in Auckland, New Zealand. The installation began during a residency on the Arctic Circle in Iceland. 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 are routine, implying pressure of something hidden but not forgotten. I propose a 72" x 72" densely filled version of the work.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 1 in
  • Medium: wool, acrylic paint, insect pins
  • Width: 236 in
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 72 in