Helen Hale performing a “Sanity Ceremony” at Hambidge

Site-Specific Artwork

Most of the art created at Hambidge leaves with the Hambidge Fellows when they return home. However, a recent initiative is being developed to introduce temporary imaginative art works into the natural Hambidge landscape. These works respect all things Hambidge – history, environment, and creative excellence.

Julie's Boat by Lin Lisberger
Created by Lin Lisberger during the summer of 2014, the lovely structure of Julie's Boat graces the head of Cove Trail.

Sweat Lodge by Steve Silber

Steve Silber came to his 2012 Hambidge residency with the intent to create work which is both striking to the eye and rooted in the moment; formal and modern, yet performative in nature, time-based and conceptual. His work also explores the art found in using natural materials for practical purposes. The result of his residency was a new sweat lodge for Hambidge. Combining his research into Jay Hambidge's theories of Dynamic Symmetry, the natural materials available on the Hambidge property, and his own excellent skill as a craftsman, Steve renovated the old telephone exchange building on the Hambidge grounds into a conceptual, yet practical, work of art and architecture.

Sculptures by Michael Murrell

During his 2012 Hambidge residency, Michael Murrell created two outdoor sculptures. He dowsed energy fields in the front lawn of the Rock House to determine their placement, and involved his fellow residents in a performance surrounding them. "Although my sculptures reflect my admiration of nature, I view them more as poetic objects than reproductions of form."

Hive Consciousness by Allen Peterson
For the 2012 Festival, Allen Peterson presented a piece that began at the 2011 Festival.  A cast beeswax portrait bust of a young child was presented rising out of a wooden beehive, thus beginning to suggest the complex hive consciousness that emerges when tens of thousands of bees work together within the hive.  After the presentation at the Festival, as a collaboration with the Hambidge beehives, the sculpture was placed inside one of the hives on the Hambidge grounds so that the honeybees on site had the opportunity to alter the composition.  When the head was removed from the hive in the spring, the bees had rearranged the wax in ways that couldn't be predicted, adding to and subtracting from the sculpture as they saw fit, fully integrating the sculpted face and head with the beehive itself. The Hambidge Hive Consciousness piece will be presented alongside the Kirkwood Hive Consciousness piece, a second wax bust that was placed in Peterson's hive at his home in Atlanta.

Sanity Ceremonies by Helen Hale
For the 2012 Festival, Helen Hale performed portions of the movement research for her work-in-progress, Sanity Ceremonies. Sanity Ceremonies stems from an examination of the ceremonies, large and small, which we (often unconsciously) enact in an effort to orient and center ourselves in a baffling world. The finished work will find form through a marriage of dance, text, projection, costume and prop use that draws from a range of daily rituals, archetypal figures, autobiographical anecdotes, and cultural idiosyncrasies. Sanity Ceremonies is a collaboration with Installation Artist, Amanda Baumgardner, and Motion Designer, Mike Boutté, which is slated to be premiered in Summer 2013.

Interactive Suburban Experience by Meg and Mark Aubrey
The recognizable objects of suburbia: landscaping, sidewalks, trash cans, and brick mailboxes permeate Meg Abrey's paintings. The landscapes contain desperately controlled and perfectly presented elements of an environment created to hold back the engulfing emptiness of a life filled with the effort of living up to expectations. Aubrey investigates neighborhoods full of successful individuals who use outward appearance to express their achievements, yet the reality is that the promise of an idyllic lifestyle filled with beauty, friendship, and security is not always found at the end of the cul-de-sac.

For the 2012 Festival, Meg created a playful photo-op board of her suburban woman figure. Working with the idea of suburban life both as a place to visit but not to stay, and as a role that many people unexpectedly find themselves in, participants got to act the part for the camera. For this piece Meg is collaborated with Mark Aubrey.

Kudzu Dress by Alice Momm
Pursuing her interest in interactive outdoor sculptures that explore our fragile, symbiotic, and often ambivalent relationship with nature, Alice Momm decided to work with local natural materials during her Hambidge residency. Using a local craftsman, King Kudzu, as a resource, she experimented with kudzu vines in an open-ended project that resulted in a whimsical yet constricting piece of wearable sculpture.

by Sixfold Collective

Sixfold Collective is a group of artists working in a variety of disciplines, including painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed materials. As Sixfold Collective they work together to realize projects of a larger scale and scope, incorporating the skills, resources and perspectives of each person to create a new and collaborative vision.

For Lair each artist of Sixfold brought their unique sensibility and creative process to the idea of Net, and net making, to complete a large sculptural installation and other collaborative works. The knot tying, woven nature and traditions surrounding net making have a quality and form that speaks of both community connections and individual strength. When thinking of nets functionally and metaphorically in creating the installation for Autumn 2011, some of the ideas imbued in our nets were of capture, release, letting go the past, safety, dance and play.

Machines of Luring Grace by Hailey Lowe
Hailey Lowe produced two projects for our 2011 Festival. Machines of Luring Grace consisted of salt molded into the shape of modern machines and cameras set to record the animals' presence.

Exploring the subversive use of technology in today’s culture, Machines of Luring Grace invites nature to interact with the modern technology that has attracted them to the space.  

As technology grows in our modern world we are constantly altering nature. While dominant culture continues to eradicate the natural with the synthetic, the installation has turned the tables. In this abstracted work, I question where we are headed in a world that breathes technology. Here the predator and prey game is altered to place nature as the dominant player – allowing nature to erase technology. 

Urban Boundaries by Hailey Lowe
Boundaries are a way of organizing the world. They are the unseen forces that help guide us as to what is right and what is wrong. The double yellow lines evoke a sense of rules and limitations where there usually is none. 

Here the lines represent a growing loss between the boundaries of urbanism and nature. By referencing a place where people are not typically confronted with boundaries, I am opening up the possibilities to think about the lines we construct within our lives as well as the boundaries or walls that people create for us.

PrintSpin by Stephanie Smith & Terri Dilling
Stephanie Smith and Terri Dilling, of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio presented PrintSpin, an installation of screen-printed pinwheels displayed on the Hambidge lawn. During the Hambidge 2011 Summer Festival, the artists demonstrated the technique, and visitors tried their hand at screen-printing and made their own pinwheel. The PrintSpin project was conceived by Carol Pulin of the American Print Alliance as a print and paper project that takes a light-hearted look at wind energy, engaging the public by showcasing printmaking techniques and three-dimensional design.

Weaving Installations by Michael Radyk
For the 2011 Summer Festival, Michael Radyk, presented four installations from a new series of woven wall pieces inspired by the lingering light and the sensorial moments found in nature, half-darkened rooms and the landscape in places. Two of the site-specific installations were originally executed during a Hambidge residency in May of 2010 and the other two are new works, using the Hambidge landscape and architecture as backdrops for these exquisitely woven textiles.

Breathing Tank by Joseph Peragine
Joseph Peragine presented a large inflatable sculpture during the 2011 Summer Festival. Breathing Tank is part of a body of work entitled Hell On Wheels (2003-06), which centered on the WWII era Sherman Tank. The earliest works in the series were watercolors done on location in Normandy, France. The body of work grew into a comprehensive investigation of the tank as an object, symbol and metaphor. Though outwardly menacing and powerful, the Sherman Tank proved to be inadequate in firepower and armor compared to its German counterparts. For those that occupied the tanks in battle it could become a deathtrap. This dichotomy, the contradiction between image and reality, power and impotence, is a thread that runs through all the work in this series. This particular piece presents the tank at full scale with guns at the ready. However, the timer that governs the airflow inflates and deflates the tank to simulate breathing, giving the work the look of a large brooding animal.

by Jennifer Van Winkle

Jennifer Van Winkle built Peek on the front lawn of Hambidge in conjunction with the Hambidge 2009 Summer Festival. Using wisteria, bamboo, privet and other local natural materials, she created a walk-in vessel inspired by animal architecture. The artwork also celebrated Mary Hambidge’s legacy of weaving. Festival visitors were encouraged to participate in completing the installation by adding the final elements to its structure, which remained in place for a full year.