Nichols Farm and Orchard,
with Jeffrey Letterly, Lara Philp, Claire Arctander, Louis Dickinson,
Lloyd Nichols, Rich Partsch, Sam Wittreich, Casey Dickinson, and
the Sheela-na-gigs: Sandy Bykowski, Michelle Ernst, Sibyle Noonan,
Carla Owens, Matthew Owens, and Bill Ressequie.
Photo credit: Jim Green, Linda Balek, and Joan Dickinson
Structured by stories told within the context of a walk through a rolling orchard, Devotion mediates ideas about loss, its effect on memory, and memory’s effect on context. The stories come from several sources: Willa Cather’s novel The Song of the Lark, an obscure North American Indian legend about extinct mammals, a Tura Satana interview, different song lyrics, and my writing. All are translated into visual events – a woman performing dressage with a highly trained horse, a man talking about the deaths of his wife and only daughter, an enormous painting removed from the museum and returned to its starting point, the operatic performance of a weather balloon – intended for consideration inside an evening of shifting natural light at the end of a harvest season.