Her World

California Institute of the Arts, Wave Cave
March 16th-22nd, 2015

Her World showcases three sculptural music scores and their corresponding sound recordings: Clock - a canvas painting; Truck - cement blocks with pieces of road, tire and metal; Xylophone - 5 acrylic containers filled with colored wax, clay and glass sculptures. The sculptures are a visual representation of the music and an abstraction of the antique toys the pieces are based on. 

Xylophone for 10 percussionists is an abstraction of toy xylophone. The sculpture functions as a graphic score. The sections of the sculpture correspond to the sections of the music.  Blue- Water; Green – Leaves; Yellow – Bells; Orange – Music Boxes; Red – Wine Glasses. The sculpture uses fragments of bells, wind chimes, leaves, glass and metal fragments, all of which were used to create the music.

Truck captures the essence of the toy truck through a narrative. The sections of the cement sculpture represent three movements of the work: The Parts, The Drive and The Crash. 

Clock - captures a childlike essence through the interpretation, notation, and process in which it was composed. This piece is a transcription of a recording I made walking through the forest from my childhood, while playing the toy music box. The piece is notated using fragments of leaves and dirt from the forest, as well as an abundance of children’s art supplies. This piece can be performed by playing the original field recording (as featured in this gallery) or can also be interpreted by percussionists in a performance setting. The performers interpret the colors and textures on the canvas, such as brown – footsteps; green – leaves; blue – breath, purple – toys; brown – footsteps; yellow – bells; gold wire – joints of the clock and finally the toy’s melody.