For Earth Day, we present the AIR 2016 Rebecca Harvey who transformed found objects from the lake of Bracciano for her show “Semaphore and Shadow”.
“There is a bike I ride; I go out at the beginning and end of the day, watching the shadows. It is July so the sun is strong and the shadows are dark, crisp against the ground. It is hot. Every day we go down the hill to the lake to swim. We swim in beautiful water inside an extinct volcano. There are shards here, and strange volcanic rocks, so many, all over the floor of the lake. Everyday we take our bucket and fill it with rocks and shards. We swim, and fill our bucket and swim again. Everyday the shadows and the shards and the watery volcano. What is real and what is lost? Are the shards we collect everyday the real object, hidden for so long within the whole, waiting to be released or are they shadows, reduced to ephemera? What about the days spent here? Can I take them; make them solid, watch as time and memory wear them away? The bits and pieces from the lake are worn smooth, sometimes you can still see the hint of a curve, a bit of glaze, but the forces acting on them have imposed new categories, the language reduced and simplified. A flag snaps, the shadows lengthen and we dive once more into the volcano.”