THE SERENDIPITOUS SWING

The Serendipitous Swing is a series of five sequential photographs produced while on residency at the Vermont Studio Center. The early stages of this work manifested as an installation of studio furniture after a series of unfortunate travel-related events led to lost luggage and no art materials. 

Initial considerations for the scope of the work included the duality of water and its capacity for both healing and destruction. With a focus specifically on the latter, floods shifted to occupy a more central position within those considerations, particularly after learning of the 1927 flood in Vermont. Guyana's own susceptibility to flooding encouraged the contemplation of how we prepare for those catastrophes and the precarious stacking that is often employed in an effort to save furniture and other valuables in our homes.

This sequence of photographs re-enacts the moment Jon Gregg, one of VSC's founders, knocked over  one of the sawhorses suspended from an overhead bar during an open studio session. After a conversation about how this accident (which he later admitted was no accident) changed the dynamic of the work, I decided to leave the sawhorse in its new position and focus, instead, on re-creating the swinging motion it made.

The Serendipitous Swing, 2017

Installation (sawhorses, wooden board, wet floor sign)

Photo by Mark Reamy

The Serendipitous Swing, 2017

Installation (sawhorses, wooden board, wet floor sign)

Photo by Mark Reamy

The Serendipitous Swing, 2017

Installation (sawhorses, wooden board, wet floor sign)

Photo by Mark Reamy

The Serendipitous Swing, 2017

Installation (sawhorses, wooden board, wet floor sign)

Photo by Mark Reamy

The Serendipitous Swing, 2017

Installation (sawhorses, wooden board, wet floor sign)

Photo by Mark Reamy