Swallow(ed) by Naomi Falk On Display Now at Bridgewater College
by Andrew Peters ’15
Artist Naomi Falk introduced BC students to her unique installations during her presentation on Nov. 11 in the Boitnott Room.
Through her installations, Falk typically looks as the “dichotomy between physical space and psychological space.”
Her installation at Bridgewater College is titled Swallow(ed).
Swallow(ed) is Falk’s response to the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. The piece is a large wooden circular platform, set up to allow the observer to walk into the center. Sitting on the steps of the platform are hundreds of porcelain pressed bowls, filled to the brim with salt water.
“[I] paid attention to the materials and the language of the materials [for Swallow(ed)],” said Falk. She selected porcelain to portray the bones of those that were killed in the tragedy. The salt water is also symbolic, in multiple ways. As you walk in among the bowls, you are surrounded by salt water, just like the victims of the tragedy. Moreover, as you stand, still surrounded, the salt water becomes the tears of those who have mourned for their lost loved ones.
Throughout her pieces, Falk constantly wants to make her installations larger. She expects that on her next showing of Swallow(ed), she will make the platforms larger and include more porcelain bowls.
Influenced by fellow artist Michael Strand, Falk left students with a quote of his. “What if the need was not the object, but the result of the activation of the object?” Falk encouraged BC art students to not just create art, but rather to create meaning behind their work.
Swallow(ed) by Naomi Falk will be on display until Dec. 18 in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Library.