thread, canvas, T-pins, plywood,
oak, screws, velcro, topography of the buffalo river
Debut at Fayetteville Underground August 7th, 2015-September 30th, 2015
Cast your shoes aside and prepare to crawl! Embrace your inner kid and lay beneath the fiber ripples and adventure into this whimsical rendition of the Buffalo River. An art installation that spans over eighteen feet and is fully interactive. Created painstakingly over the course of five months by artist Amber Imrie-Situnayake, an Ozark Mountain native. Buffalo is an interactive art installation homage to the Buffalo River.
The sculpture is created in two parts: the blue threads which make the winding curves of the river and 1,000+ wool stones that come together to create the river bed. Over eighteen feet of canvas is rolled out across the gallery wall, hovering above the soft rocky river bed. Each thread is hand stitched into the canvas and then attached to the river bed’s outer edge, creating a rippling wall of threads. Underneath is triangular space in which you can crawl through, knees padded by hundreds of soft wool “rocks”. Inside, you’ll find yourself cocooned within this river of fibers, comforted by childhood wonder and nostalgia.