Today is day 6 of my time here in Stillman Valley with The Fields Project – Bringing Art and Agriculture together. It is in fact my 8th year here after much counting and recounting with Anne Leuck Feldhaus. (She gave me her application in 2004). Thanks Anne! I will be forever grateful.
As the previous post stated… My piece is titled TRUTH at Walnut Creek Farms. I am staying with Ned and Lyrah Bushnell (they met at the first Fields Project 13 years ago! They shared their medium format cameras with each other – so sweet!) Ned educated me last year while here about soil, tilth, friability, no till vs. till, and so much more. His appreciation of the stewardship of soil was palpable and impressive. As an image you will see later advertises, Walnut Creek Farms won the Governor’s Award for soil conservation. Needless to say, Ned is a no till farmer.
Ned took me for a ride into the water ways last year and pointed out some clay veins not too far in to their fields. I have been thinking of that clay since last June and have wondered about its use, the geological formations that gave it its color, and wondering about its ability to withstand a firing, possibly at a low temperature for sculptural works. As Summer moved into Winter which moved into Spring it became evident that I wanted to created a time based work, with the local clay, in the script of TRUTH.
With great thanks to the Bushnell’s for their willingness to share their home, Ned’s farm equipment and time, the amazing meals in Lyrah’s “Test Kitchen,” and the best conversations with them both.
Enjoy some of the videos and images since my arrival. Look forward to a final image when I have one! Husband Paul is joining me tomorrow to dig the last several buckets of clay and place the clay on the “H.” We are both looking forward to it.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvwT3ny3kxs]
Walnut Creek Farms, Stillman Valley, IL with guest appearance – Sidney the black lab.
Getting started, wonderful clouds, and the front loader…[slideshow]
Loved all the Pics! They are magnificent; it looks so peaceful there. You inspire me, Cath!! And continue to amaze me!