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Evanescent Environs/ Fields & Frogs

Seton Gallery, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT

Evanescent Environs/Fields & Frogs is an experiential installation transforming the Gallery into a Landscape of reflective and translucent ephemeral land, sky, and audio scape.  Drawings, mono-prints, photographs accompany the mirror and glass landscapes, and viewer triggered sounds of wind blown fields with unseen croaking frogs emerging from the winds. The installation moves from arid alluvial plains to lush irrigated fields.  The landscape follows a representational irrigation stream, expanding and contracting from stream to pond.  The soft and mysterious sound of frogs represent the link between our cultivated landscapes and the unfettered natural world.  Frogs symbolize transformation, with their fascinating and mesmerizing evolution from transparent eggs to darting water creatures propelled by a tail to the singing quadruped that lives both on land and in water. The fields also transform from plowed earth to seed to crop.  Frogs

have become an environmental symbol of alarm with species disappearing and leaving the landscape silent, warning of the ecological devastation caused by disruption of ecosystems. We can learn to share the agrarian use of the land with the creatures, who also use the land for their life support, we have the same needs.  Composer Istvan B’Racz will create the audio portion of the installation.

Deborah Frizzell, Art Historian wrote an essay for the catalogue which ends with; “Via her individual installations and her collaborations with Projects for a New Millennium, Wulke’s many pronged approach to art making continually explores our collective consciousness, revealing the restorative means to revision our place within the ecosystem.  The aesthetic and conceptual vitality of her projects builds bridges among communities and individuals, linking aesthetic and critical environmental issues within innovative form-giving projects.”

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