I began carrying dishes of evaporating liquid in 2012 as an expression of my grief. Each experience articulates my senses while unfolding a handheld landscape before me. As the water changes state, it leaves a residue of elaborate ridges, markers of my phenomenological body in relations with my environment. While inhabiting the landscape, my body and senses synch with my environment unified by a steady rhythm and pace.
Carrying forward dishes of evaporating water has become an ongoing meditation that I still practice. When kindred spirits walk in solidarity with me, I discover new meanings and expand my sense of belonging. I invite you to join me on an evaporation walk as a way to actively participate in your own, unique path of becoming.
Evaporation Walking Instructions
Accepting the loss of a loved one takes time.
Go to your kitchen and retrieve a dish that feels comfortable when held.
Mix water with a color that you have in your kitchen, such as beet juice, or turmeric.
Choose a color that resonates with you.
Pour some into the center of your dish until the bottom is mostly covered.
Before picking it up, focus on your breath.
Allow air to fill your lungs and then flow out.
When you feel ready, pick up the dish with both hands and carry it forward.
Do not be concerned about a destination or ending point.
Notice the gravity of your weight.
Take care that the water does not spill from the dish.
Carry the dish where the sun feels warm on your skin.
Notice the water washing against the inner rim, like waves breaking against shore.
Listen to your environment, the sounds, light and smells it offers.
Carry the dish until the water evaporates.