Catch the Water


series of semi-functional, playful sculptures and materials made to “carry” spring water

Water runs cool and clear at a spring in the woods somewhere in PA. I study the source and test samples, learning about the composition of safe drinking water.

During this process of gathering and examining, I became more aware of mundane actions of life at home, realizing that I'd often forget to drink enough water each day during pandemic shutdown. To alleviate this, I imagined what it would be like to carry all of the water I'd need for the "work day,” in addition to making things with it for consumption and art. Water never really stops moving, and these materials acknowledge temporary but fleeting captivity.

Works in this series:

One Day of Water
5 net slings for jars that can carry 90-120 oz of liquid combined—the amount of water most human bodies need for one day.

Water in My Pockets
Beeswaxed demin “pockets” made to drink from. When used, they leave a sweet beeswax taste on your lips, and drip from the corners of seams.

Collapsible Cups
Beeswaxed shapes of foundn canvas with straps attached. These can be folded and crushed into a variety of shapes to hold water for brief periods of time.

Ferments 1-5
Two of 5 springwater fermentation attempts were successful in this learing process

Walnut Ink 1-7
Various ratios of 2 different kinds of alcohol were used to preserve this cooked-down springwater walnut extract.

Trip to the Water
Waterproof bag and 7 plastic waterbottles used to carry home from the spring.

Sculpture from which to Efficiently Drink
The only tried-and-true method of holding water in this series is a glass pitcher, sitting in my fridge, that contains bioled spring water for human consumption

Water Tests
The remnants of learning to test water. They no longer show the results of the test, which were recorded in my notebook.