“Dawn breaks and a lone woman saunters onto the beach walking directly towards the water pausing just at the water’s edge. As the water recedes, she takes a few steps to follow it, as if she were about to enter the water. Then pauses. The next wave arrives and she takes a few steps backwards, again staying close to the white foamy line. Over the next 24 hours she is joined by small groups and whole classes of school children, mothers, the elderly and teens. Moving in unison, they create an undulating, repetitive movement, which forms a living drawing of the line where the water meets the land.”
I supported international artist, educator and coach Nancy Murphy-Spicer with project development for ‘Watching Water’ a proposal for a large-scale participatory visual art performance. The artwork invites participants to embody the movement of the tides within a collective experience, joining community with the natural landscape, over a 24-hour period.
My work included: thinking through practical issues of how the performance might happen, curatorial considerations, location scouting, partnership formation and fundraising.
Nancy Murphy-Spicer is now based in North America.
March 1, 2020