internal difference, Where the Meanings Are
Left: Stairway from Ground Fl. Right: Ground Floor.
Left: Looking up stairway. Right: Second floor.
internal difference, / Where the Meanings, are--
250 yards of cotton cheesecloth dotted with heat-transferred inkjet photographs stream down the two story oval staircase, only lit by entering sunlight. Texts lure visitors up the stairs where they encounter audio of Emily Dickinsons poetry read in contemporary voice. Simple elements combine to explore Dickinson's power and influence as an absent presence in her time and ours. [The title is taken from Dickinson's poem, "There's a certain Slant of light" - Capitalizations and punctuation, hers.]
Audio: Dickinson's work read by poet Barbara Henning.
Hanging device: Technical design by Robert Stein.
About the exhibition "Emily Dickinson Rendered" which included "internal difference, Where the Meanings Are"
Emily Dickinson Rendered brings to Wave Hill ten contemporary artists who have been drawn to Dickinson’s observations about nature through her writing. While known to be reclusive, especially later in life, Dickinson enjoyed walks in the woods and working in her garden. From the writing desk in her Amherst, MA, home, she could view the world outside her window. Curator Jennifer McGregor comments, “For artists in the show, what fascinates is not just Dickinson’s poetry, but her example as an artist, and the intimate, tactile quality of her relationship with nature. The artists explore different facets of her life and work in relationship to their own.”
The influence of 19th-century notions about nature is felt throughout Wave Hill, in its landscape, architecture and Palisades views. This series has been conceived in response to Wave Hill’s connection to that period, beginning as a former estate from 1843, and to provide an opportunity for contemporary artists to interpret writings of Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau (June 7-August 26), Bronx resident Edgar Allen Poe and Wave Hill House resident Mark Twain (September 8-December 2). Curated by Jennifer McGregor.