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Gothic Forest

Gothic Forest
by Mike Adams, 1st year IDSVA student

Gothic Forest, installation by Mike Adams, March 2013

The gothic cathedrals of Chester and York in Northern England inspired my March 2013 Gothic Forest installation at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. For me there is a link between the soaring columns and gothic arches in the cathedrals, and tree trunks and branches reaching up to the sky in a forest. Initially, the Gothic architecture appeared impressive but austere to me, yet in the end it seemed clearly to pay homage to the natural world.

I use video projections both as a light source and as specific imagery. Some of the video was recorded in the forest during our first IDSVA residency at Spannocchia Castle in Tuscany in June 2013. The most recent recordings were made in Washington’s Cascade Mountains during early February 2013, just a few weeks before the show opened. I walk slowly and carefully with the camera to capture the sense of ambulation that I find imperative for this installation to be meaningful. It also gives the work a sense of movement, and an invitation to take a journey.

Installation views of Gothic Forest, below. Photos by Otto Selbst, © 2014. May be reproduced for non-commercial purposes.