virginia katz

wind 2000-2009

This project was a collaboration with the wind to record its invisible form. By tying strings to tree branches and taping pens at the end of the strings, the wind’s energy force left its markings on paper that was weighted on the ground. Two major wind events in Southern California were recorded: the Santa Ana Conditions, or Offshore Flows when winds are hot, dry, and gusty, originating inland and pushing offshore, and the Onshore Flows that originate from the Pacific Ocean and force high winds onto the coastal areas. Often, these collaborations involved enduring long hours, sometimes 17 or more in a day in the wind effect to complete the drawings. The date, time spent, and type of air flow for each drawing became the titles.

Wind
Offshore Flow 8 Hours, Silver, 10/5/08

Metallic Ink on Black Paper
44.5" x 30", 2008

Wind
Offshore Flow 8 Hours, Yellow, Silver and Magenta, 10/07/08

Metallic Ink on Black Paper
44.5" x 30", 2008

Wind
Offshore Flow 10 Hours, Gold and Copper, 10/07/08

Metallic Ink on Black Paper
44.5" x 30", 2008

Wind
Offshore Flow 10 Hours, Gold and Copper - detail -


Wind
Onshore Flow, 7 Hours of Observation, Green and Blue, 3/28/08

Metallic Ink on Black Paper
44.5" x 30", 2008

Wind
Wind Diagrammatic III

Ink on Washi Paper
72" x 36", 2002

Wind
Wind Diagrammatic III - detail -


Wind
Wind Diagrammatic VIII

Ink on Washi Paper
72" x 36", 2005

Wind
Wind Diagrammatic VIII - detail -


Wind
Offshore Flow, 7 Hours of Observation, Sanguine, 3/31/05

Ink on Paper
44.5" x 30", 2005

Wind
Offshore Flow, 8 Hours of Observation, Blue and Green, 3/31/05

Ink on Paper
44.5" x 30", 2005