Only driftwood, ink, & antique pottery shards collected from the Danube river (DUNA) over a period of three months make up this installation. War and politics tore down the local bridge and it spent more years down than up. During the communist years there was no contact at all, the river was a fence. These people have been citizens of 5 different nations in the last 120 years. My installation DUNA recasts the beloved river as a force pulling water, objects and people together, not apart. You can’t tell from which side of the river driftwood comes. The river takes away its nationality.
The pottery shards also come from the banks. Ancient pottery is half the gravel on the beaches. The local museum confirmed some shards here are over 300 years old. (Continued..)
This installation is only driftwood, ink, & antique pottery shards collected from the Danube river (DUNA) over a period of three months. This area had once been a community that spanned the river, but war and politics tore down the bridge and it spent more years down than up. During the communist years there was no contact at all, the river was a fence. These people have been citizens of 5 different nations in the last 120 years. My installation DUNA recasts the beloved river as a force pulling water, objects and people together, not apart. You can’t tell from which side of the river driftwood comes. The river takes away its nationality.
The pottery shards also come from the banks. Ancient pottery is half the gravel on the beaches. The local museum confirmed some shards here are over 300 years old. (Continued..)

The text rubbings on the wall in the corner come from the actual bridge itself. The following quote in English, Slovak and Hungarian,
“Gather the ruins and build a strong base for future greatness. Make the works of peace plentiful.” -Fereck Kölcsey
Every gray piece of wood in this installation was bleached, painted with different amounts of layers of ink, and then burnished by hand. The resulting pieces are iridescent, the light seems to get into the first layer. It easily took hundreds of hours over three months.

DUNA wide shot
Pottery shards from the Danube river dating from 80 years to BC Roman era shards.

Pottery shards from the Danube river dating from 80 years to BC Roman era shards.

the DNA curves of both the pottery shards and driftwood lines overlap each other.

the DNA curves of both the pottery shards and driftwood lines overlap each other.

Three handmade boats were suspended above the ‘river’, while the fourth was dissolving’ into the river

Three handmade boats were suspended above the ‘river’, while the fourth was dissolving’ into the river

Each of the thousands of sticks were bleached, painted with watercolor, and hand burnished to a high sheen.

Each of the thousands of sticks were bleached, painted with watercolor, and hand burnished to a high sheen.

Copper wire is threaded through drilled holes to hold together bone-like driftwood with gilded wounds.

Copper wire is threaded through drilled holes to hold together bone-like driftwood with gilded wounds.

Documentary drawing of one of the boat elements from the installation.

Documentary drawing of one of the boat elements from the installation.