SparksDesigns will be setting up an immersive shadow environment within the large pines of Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco National Forest. Put on by 13 collaborating international events, the Oregon Eclipse Festival is expecting approximately 30,000 attendees to come together to witness the once in a lifetime eclipse!
SparksDesigns vision includes creating a shadow lounge environment using plasma cut shadow screens and white boat sails to define a zone that they can receive shadow imagery. Suspended at center will be an onion dome tree pod 8’ in diameter, 12’ tall with lantern relief designs cut into copper sheeting with inlaid glass that can be activated from within using suspended lights to support interactive shadow play. Low flying rigged walkways, illuminated relief cut lanterns, and weaving between trees will set the ambiance.
A haunting forested still from a shadow short created by Islando and Heather Sparks
A little Flashlight magic lights up pages of a shadow pop up book I just finished creating for Nayana Fielkov and Isabelle Kirouac's exquisite performance "Habitats". https://threelittlereddots.org/stilts/performances/habitats/
Shadow Sail Theatre was set up as an interactive shadow lounge alongside main stage at Beloved Festivals "Vote For Dancing". Found materials, including lace, glass, recycled colored plastics, translucent diffraction film, and intricate paper cuts were transformed into projected works of art to create lyrical shadow environments. Shadow hosts invoked revelers to don paper lace masks to join the shadow scene as animated silhouettes.
*Plasma cut aluminum tree screens by SparksDesigns. Poetry paper-cuts and paper lace masks by Heather Dawn Sparks*
I've been working with talented aerialist Noa Schnitzer as of late to create and direct a series of shadow sequences for her new one woman show. Her show reflects on prayer, engaging the conversations that straddle the worlds of habit and change. http://noaschnitzer.com/
*Ink etched poetry in hebrew, paper-cut set and puppet pieces by Heather Dawn Sparks*
The rains came and filled their cups, upending them into the sea Opening their brellies, they sailed towards the edge of the mist Where they hoped the sun might still be
*Shadow projection stop motion animation film short by Heather Dawn Sparks and Ethan Rainwater*
An evening of participatory shadow art during Bellingham's Art Walk
Photography by Eric Parthum
*Plasma cut aluminum tree shadow screens and visual light projections by SparksDesigns. Shadow Dancers: Julia Light, Charlie Rae, Wendy Wynazz, Sox, Eric Parthum, Michael Jepperson, & Heather Sparks. Live Music by Islando Sparks, Karl Kummerle & Bemyanymh*
Sky with rainwater, blue plastic, glass crystals on artist's desk, textiles, moss, Autumn Joy Stonecrop in flower, Chamomile, textiles.
A teleidoscope uses mirrors, a lens, and an open view to form fractured patterns from objects outside the instrument. Unlike kaleidoscopes, they have no object-case, rather the object is the world surround.
*Photo Studies by Heather Dawn Sparks*
An excerpt from our application to travel to Iceland to develop interactive shadow art using Northern elements such as wind, snow, and ice.
Artistic duo, Sparks and Crow, are captivated by the heightened supernatural quality of Northern landscapes. Through travel in Northern Canada and Iceland they have come into contact with the rich storytelling traditions and folk belief that permeate these landscapes. Sparks and Crow wish to deepen their relationship with the supernatural Nordic North by developing art that uses shadow as both a central theme and medium.
Shadows exist on the precipice between the seen and unseen, the form and the ghost. As a metaphor, the shadow self, one’s evil or “dark” side, is a concept that has been addressed lyrically for thousands of years.
Research methods will include public interviews, community story collection ‘happenings’ and the study of Nordic literature (incl. Sagas) to investigate historical shadow symbology. Additionally, we will observe shadow’s effect on the natural landscape, explore found materials to create shadow - snow, fire, ice, and keep a personal sketchbook/diary.
Through research we will develop a series of 3-dimensional light/shadow based installations that will showcase in public locations and engage human interaction. Intricate paper-cut designs and found material will be used to create illuminated chandeliers that project wind motioned shadows against snow and the surrounding architectural environment. We will host special events to activate these installations with live shadow performance, vocals, and looping musical landscapes made from the sonic material and stories we’ve collected.
Five focused work sessions will bring us into sustained contact with creative community hubs and research stations as well as offer settled time for creative development.
*Plasma cut aluminum tree screens by SparksDesigns. Photography Eric Parthum. Shadow Dancers Drea Lusion and Heather Dawn Sparks*
*Plasma cut aluminum tree screens by SparksDesigns. Photography Eric Parthum. Shadow Dancer Dream Catcher Drea Lusion*
Big News! Shadow Sail Theatre became one of eighteen internationally selected works of interactive art to win the Burning Man Global Arts Grant. This grant is dedicated to projects outside of the annual Burning Man event that bring interactive, community building and cutting edge art to the streets. Winners of the grant spanned locations throughout the U.S. as well as Czech Republic, France, England, and the Philippines.
*Plasma cut aluminum tree screens by SparksDesigns. Shadow Dancers Drea Lusion and Heather Dawn Sparks*
Montreal, Canada's Mere Phantoms play with 3-d cut paper and special lights to create layered depths of shadow
*Paper-cuts by Tahiti Pehrson*
Immersive theatrical environments featuring stilt houses from snips of cardboard, clouds made from paper, black paper thorns and barbwire fencing, whispy fabric with a little light, a little magic, a whole lot of shadow.
From the micro theatre project "Soon the Space Will Be Too Small". Part of a series of immersive art environments animated by intimate performances that overtook the dark recesses beneath the Cultch Theatre in Vancouver, BC. A collaboration between visual artists: Alicia Cha, Caroline Ballhorn, Brodie Kitchener, Jordan Bent, Heather Sparks and an additional cast of performers from the Dusty Flowerpot.