We Become Aware of Active Air through 2021 Art Ramble in Hapgood Wright Town Forest

Something in the Air,” September 1 – November 14, Curated by Laurie Bogdan and Kimberley Harding

BARD (Barbara Ayala Rugg Diehl) – In and Out (left), Martha Heller – The Shutter Dresses (center) , Kiyomi Yatsuhashi – Windblown (right)

Based on September and October visits to 2021 Art Ramble, I add this fourth post, which features installations by BARD, Martha Heller, and Kiyomi Yatsuhashi. As in the three earlier posts, artist names, installation title, materials, and quotes from the artists’ statements about their installations appear above my photos. Quotes and links are from The Umbrella Arts & Environment website headed 2021 Art Ramble: Something in the Air. 

BARD (Barbara Ayala Rugg Diehl) – In and Out, Recycled fabric and steel


Sometimes called the “lungs” of the Earth, trees produce oxygen as well as purifying it by filtering and sequestering contaminants. This cycle of give and take between our carbon dioxide and their oxygen is like a breath itself, an essential part of our connection within ecosystems and the planet. “In & Out” explores this connection by combining human imagery with the photosynthesis process. A procession of lungs formed by leaves line the forest path, a gradient from black to green. Each lung hangs on a trunk and root system of its own, separate yet connected to the forest as a whole.

Martha Heller – The Shutter Dresses, paint, fabric: painter’s drop cloth


For the Art Ramble I have taken an installation piece called The Shutter Dresses off my garage doors and adapted it to hang in the trees by Fairyland Pond. The fabric is a painter’s drop cloth used to paint my house shutters. The striped patterns are made by the paint sprayed on the shutter slats.“The various dress installations that I have created are brought to life when they catch a bit of air moving through my backyard. Who can see the wind? To see the dresses come to life reminds me that the air is moving through the yard, spreading seeds and pollen –and sometimes insects!– through the garden beds. Here at the pond, the wind can be “seen” in the trees, the grasses, the shrubs, and sometime on the surface of the water. What seeds and insects are moving through that wind today? “

Kiyomi Yatsuhashi – Windblown, Shibori and rozome wax-resist dyed cotton and silk organza, indigo dye

My textile installation Windblown reflects the flow and energy of air as seen in pattern and movement in nature. As long as I can remember, I have been sensitive to air quality, and the growing concern of its significance to our personal and environmental health. As I pass by different pathways and terrain through Hapgood Wright Town Forest, I feel the changes in the temperature and quality of the air. I hear it rustle in the trees and see it moving all around me. With my flowing textiles, I hope to heighten your sense of wonder of these natural elements which are so key to the harmony and make-up of the Earth.

2021 Art Ramble Artists and Art: Paul Angiolillo – Breathing (9) Laurie Bogdan and Kimberley Harding – Ethereal Dreamer (7)  BARD (Barbara Ayala Rugg Diehl) – In and Out (2) |  Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer – Air Currents (3) |  Jennifer Fuchel – Up in the Air (8) |  Jude Griffin – The Luna Moth Life Cycle (5) |  Liz Helfer – Foggy Morning (15) Martha Heller – The Shutter Dresses (4) Janet Kawada – Collected Breath (13)| Silvina Mizrahi – Every breath you take (12)  Nilou Moochhala – The In-Between Series (10) |  Lisa R. Nelson – Waves of the Aerial Sea (6)  Melissa Shaak – Forest Air (11) |  Rebecca McGee Tuck – Airing out the House (14) | Kiyomi Yatsuhashi – Windblown (1) | ( bold text for art shown in this post)  

The Umbrella Arts & Environment Art Ramble 2021 will be an outdoor art installation in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest in Concord, MA, from September 1 – November 14 in collaboration with Concord’s Division of Natural Resources (CDNR), supported in part by the Foundation for Metrowest.

The four posts about 2021 ART RAMBLE now include notes and photos for all fifteen installations. Organizing the information and reviewing my photos has added to my own understanding and admiration of the whole project! I certainly hope to return to Art Ramble in November, with enthusiasms and curiosity beyond any blogging plan.

One comment

  1. I love doing the Art Ramble; it opens my eyes to so many things. Your photos and focus on particular installations also open my eyes. Thanks!


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