In May of 2014 Carroll University in Waukesha called artists to create site-specific installations at their Maxxon building for a final artistic celebration before it would be torn down to make space for a new building. Artists could pick a room, hallway or nooks and go to work.
The event coincided with a time when I had lost my dog Buddy of 12 years and I felt that there was something similar between these events. I added to the project a new start and moved with all my painting and sculpting materials into one of the rooms and work there for three day until time expired and the Maxxon party began. I also decided to simulate a catastrophic event to my studio, and to I grab after the party what I could hold in my hands and get out of there and not look back.
From my previous research of the Waukesha past I know that the Carroll area had several effigy mounds form an age that predated the Pottawatomie, Menominee and all other native “Nations”.
So I had a personal death to digest, an upcoming demolition of a building, and remnants of an ancient civilization that is dead for many hundreds or even thousands of years. But also I had to come to terms with how will it be without a Buddy, that want to go for his walk every morning and every evening every day in the year, rain or shine, sun or snow, below or above?
Where did the mound builders end up? What will happen in the new building? These were the thoughts and questions that I worked through in these three days.
I brought Charley's (Darwin) boom box. The radio is still working and the CD player too. It has a CD with Kirk Franklin's Revolution. I labeled where to push for a revolution.
Teaching area – Experimenting area
I brought my battery operated Eclectic Chair
Teaching Les Paulology.
Exploring the past and connecting pasts with each other. Various guitar designs in the shape of Wisconsin mounds. Somebody had started the chalk board with a bottle “Sunny D – Taste the Power of the Sun, Praise The ….”
Teaching Virtual Geography
Carroll U mounds filled with storage media over plats.
The science of mixing paint and materials in glass containers in search of artistic building materials for the mounds.
Mound designs for Buddy in various locations.
Snack table with Mom's Gourmet