Sunday, January 31, 2010
ECU Foundry Tree
Tar paper, photographs, soapstone, chalk. 7' x 3'
Foundry Tree is a photographic project documenting the lineage of contemporary artists working with cast iron. Each artist is photographed individually wearing his or her safety equipment. The relationships between teachers, mentors and/or students are recorded through these digital photographs that are later mapped into a genealogy at http://foundrytree.wikispaces.com/
The documenting process began at the 2009 National Conference on Cast Iron Art at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama when over 250 people were photographed. Many of ECU's faculty and students were included. This project is an artwork meant to link generations of artists casting iron. The physical, photographic "tree" on a wall at Cast Shadows is complemented by the web-based entity acting as a resource for artists.