The Jungle

The Jungle

Why do we leave our gardens to enter the Jungle? What do we experience on the way? What’s at the heart of the Jungle? Do we take anything away when we return to the garden? To think about these questions I made a Jungle using cloth, yarn, paint, lights and sounds.

Moving in from the garden, we’re surrounded by jungle. An overgrown path leads to a shining pond. Trees support flowers, leaves and the vines which creep up from the luxuriant jungle floor. Snakes and insects live here.

The analytical view shows an installation about 8 feet across and 7 feet high, with a 4-foot long entrance. Twelve panels make up the walls: they are made of painted netting appliqued with fabric tree trunks and yarn flowers, leaves and vines. Twelve knitted and crocheted pieces (including some found items) form the jungle floor. The pool is a metal-lined basket topped with lace and brightened with lights. Yarn vines connect walls, floor and pond.

As always, my goal was to make each component worth looking at by itself. See below right for a closer look at the panels and the leaves, flowers and vines that make them up.

Local crafters enhanced the Jungle with their unique work.

Jungle was exhibited at the Percolator Art Space in Lawrence KS during June and July 2017, and is now available to travel to schools and events, or to be sold.

Jungle Components

The Jungle starts with components, each one complete in itself: crocheted and/or knitted flowers, leaves, vines, root wads and occasional snakes which climb the panels, form the forest floor and brush against our faces as we walk. A few of the hundreds of components are shown here.

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Panels

Painted netting represents the sky, forest, and earth backgrounds and supports pieced fabric tree trunks and grass strips, which in turn support leaves, flowers, vines, roots and snakes. Garden panels are light with lots of small flowers and leaves, jungle panels are dark with fewer and larger flowers and leaves. Plants become more animal-like.

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Forest Floor Pieces

Yarn leaves, flowers, roots, stones, water drops and streams make up the forest floor, pool edges and overgrown paths.

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Pool

We follow an overgrown stone path to a pool. Light and water bubble up and overflow. Work continues on this section.

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Site Credits

All work copyright Catherine C. Reed except as noted.

Photos by Sri Prabha, Priscilla Otani, Norm Westhoff, and Ann Dean.

Web site design by David Otto.