|ˈsərpənˌtēn, -ˌtīn|, adjective
Graphical mark on the landscape which calls attention to place and setting, provokes questions about.
Serpentine was a temporary outdoor sculpture created for the Farm/Art Dtour part of an exhibition in western Wisconsin which uses contemporary art to draw attention to the agricultural landscape and agrarian life by partnering artists with farmers and local food producers.
The piece is divided into clear and colored sections of vinyl that allow for multiple framed views of the landscape simultaneously. The alternation of pattern refer to a sense of cycle and routine central to agrarian life. The gradation of color across one side of the form depicts the transition of colors during season change in the landscape.
This area of Wisconsin is called the “Drift-less Region” due to lack of glacial impact during the last ice age. The result was an area of rolling hills, deep river valleys and rich fertile soil. In the 1930’s it was one of the first areas to practice “Contour Strip Cropping” which followed the natural contours of the land to reduce soil erosion. The back-and-forth swaying of Serpentine is a reflection of this activity. This project was produced with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.