On Sunday, September 20th, The Fifth Annual Art Biennale (a large-scale international contemporary art exhibition) was held at I-Park in East Haddam. The biennale featured 12 artists from six different countries with varied approaches to environmental art.
Stuart Ian Frost’s piece which was made from a large piece of a dead tree was born from the idea of breathing new life into dead trees. “What I often do is try and put new life back into something that is dead and often with trees, dead trees… I’ve seen a lot of tall trees, big stature trees and I thought if I could get ahold of something like that it would be a challenge, but something worth doing,” said Frost.” Frost’s idea was that wasps and other creatures would build their habitats in the holes and eventually the tree would decay and give back to the earth thus completing the circle of life.
French-born Canadian resident Michel Bachelet used grass and earth as his art medium. “It’s a play with grass, making movement on it. The inspiration is about tectonic plates and movement,” stated Bachelet. With three distinct mounds of grass and earth, he creatively mimicked the shifting of tectonic plates. From the first mound of earth with small cracks to the third, one could postulate the formation of a mountain.
Hester Pilz brought to life the story of Ulysses and Penelope in her sculpture. Penelope was to marry another once she finished weaving a shroud but in an effort to continue to wait for Ulysses she would undo some of her weaving every night. “You can see a lot of connections with the weaving and the sea,” remarked Pilz.
I-Park with its beautifully, tranquil trails and equally beautiful environmental art attracts people from many walks of life. “…the fact that the art is set into the woods that’s the important part, it’s not obtrusive,” added Carol from Providence, Rhode Island.
Photo Credit Gina Lombardo