An Oakland-based artist named Kirsten Strotz Hosemann usually specializes in quilts, but during lockdown she has been taking her eye for color and pattern to her daily strolls. I asked her about her process, and she said, “I decide on a color or pattern, then take pictures of that on my walk. So they are each (with one or two minor exceptions) made from images from one walk.” She uses an Instagram layout tool to tile them.
I thought this might be an interesting way to engage patrons in the sensory walk while everyone’s remote. It’d work in person too!
This project reminded me of the PLIX Urban Ecology Sensory Walk and also an old, old MIT Media Lab technological art technique popular in the mid 1990s, developed by Robert Silvers. There were magazine covers and such.
She doesn’t put her work up on a public website so I am sharing them here with her permission. ©Kirsten Strotz Hosemann