A piece inspired by the poem Measure, by Sandra Lim. The poem encourages girls to rebel against daintiness and embody the hugeness of the whale. In turn the whale is to be "as tremendous as girls."
I created this sophisticated version of a thaumatrope to allow Girl and Whale to merge, each seeking power from the other. The viewer is encouraged to interact with the piece by twirling the stick below the water's surface. Due to the persistence of vision, the two figures will merge into one, animating before your eyes.
Wood, paper clay, foam, acrylic
For the lowing of whales
has conjured them up given them savage details,
cut off their braids. Seahorses ride their eyes
out. I am one of those with a dimple in the mind.
A gleam in the foam astral, tonight. Don't ruin
them with-- don't wake them, the warm
anemones deflate it. Failing sun, go after
sand, all thousand bits. Ocean me, be larger than
promise. Eased into skirt. Talk not of mermaids.
The vaulting green and drift
of that day white distances opened, run high.
Blue proceeds --like bones, like time-- to
its designated junctures, tremendous as girls.