Nature Music Poetry Dance Reflection
By Claudia Miller & Wendy Taucher
West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard

Fri. Sept. 12th & Sun. Sept. 14 at 4pm


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Claudia Miller likes to walk.  Regularly and often.  She walks with her dogs.  And her eyes.  She walks with the eyes of an artist, and that’s what she is.  Which brings us to Still Point. 

Still Point is the name of Claudia’s Martha’s Vineyard home. It’s one of the places she walks, and it’s also the name of our collaboration. The woods and fields of Still Point have become a canvas for Claudia’s artistic energies.  She works in more traditional mediums as well, but our piece will take place outside around and about the Still Point grounds.
 
Our collaboration is not the first Still Point site-specific event.  A few years ago Claudia invited eight installation artists from various places, far-flung and local, to create a work with natural materials found at Still Point and one trip to the hardware store.  The idea was to create the works and let them continue to exist in the space, morphing as things do, when left to nature’s devices. 

 
Prior to this installation project Claudia had already created what one can only call a work of art– that is Still Point itself.  Still Point is not static, it’s not finite and it’s not framed.  It is trees, flora, sky, pathways, vistas, follies, nooks, objects and color, some natural, some invented.  All an intriguing combination of nature, whimsy, quiet and design.  The process has been just that: on-going.  It came about through a desire to walk – in particular, to walk with Castro and other well-loved canines who thrive in these quiet woods. 
Claudia is reflective, engaged, creative, thoughtful, curious and specific.  A great set of attributes for an artistic collaborator.  It was an unexpected delight to receive an invitation from Claudia to create a new work at Still Point.  She and I walked, looked, listened, talked, and it became clear that the new site-specific work would be collaborative, happening in the space that Claudia has already crafted. We’re interested in a sense of balance, the sound of the voice, in music, wandering, the human form and stillness.  How do we layer an emphemeral series of performances inside of the Still Point world, balancing design with the natural, to offer up energy and form
with time to be still. 
Our collaboration is not the first Still Point site-specific event.  A few years ago Claudia invited eight installation artists from various places, far-flung and local, to create a work with natural materials found at Still Point and one trip to the hardware store.  The idea was to create the works and let them continue to exist in the space, morphing as things do, when left to nature’s devices.