Evaporation Walks

Evaporation Walking Instructions

  1. Accepting the loss of a loved one takes time.
  2. Go to your kitchen and retrieve a dish that feels comfortable in your hands.
  3. Mix water with a color that you have in your kitchen, such as beet juice, or turmeric.
  4. Choose a color that resonates with you.
  5. Pour some into the center of your dish until the bottom is mostly covered.
  6. Before picking it up, focus on your breath for a moment.
  7. Allow air to fill your lungs and then escape without effort.
  8. When you feel calm, pick up the dish with both hands and walk.
  9. Do not be concerned about a destination or ending point.
  10. Notice your feet pressing against the ground.
  11. Take care that the water does not spill from the dish.
  12. Carry the dish where the sun feels warm on your skin.
  13. Notice the water washing against the inner rim, like waves breaking against shore.
  14. Be aware of the world surrounding you, the sounds and smells it offers.
  15. Walk until the water evaporates.

Evaporation Walk Installation | Kennedy Museum, Athens, OH

Detail of Installation – Panoramic Photo Transfer | Kennedy Museum, Athens, OH

Detail of Installation – Performance Object | Evaporated Pigment on Reclaimed Dish | Kennedy Museum, Athens, OH

Detail of Installation | Evaporated Pigment on Reclaimed Dish | Kennedy Museum, Athens, OH

Evaporation walks began as an individual practice in 2012.

Evaporation Walk | Evaporated Pigment and Salt Crystals on Reclaimed Dish | Wildwood Park, Thousand Oaks, CA

Evaporation Walk | Isleta Pueblo | Albuquerque, NM

Evaporation Walk | Tent Rocks National Monument | Cochiti Pueblo, NM

Evaporation Walk | Evaporated Pigment and Salt Crystals on Reclaimed Dish | Southeastern OH

Evaporation Walk | Evaporated Pigment on Reclaimed Dish | Southeastern OH

Evaporation Walk | Evaporated Pigment and Salt Crystals on Reclaimed Dish | Truth or Consequences, NM

Evaporation Walk  | Ucross, WY

Blue Ridge Map | Topographic Walking Map Following the Course of an Evaporation Walk

Red Ridge Map | Topographic Walking Map Following the Course of an Evaporation Walk

Flood Waters Map | Gouache on Watercolor Paper | Topographic Walking Map Following the Course of an Evaporation Walk

In 2014 I began facilitating group evaporation walks.

Group walk in an urban landscape | Columbus, OH

Participants display their dishes after completing a group walk | Columbus, OH

Evaporation Walk Participant | Athens, OH

Bereaved Mothers with Dishes | Compassionate Friends, Central Ohio Chapter | Hocking Hills, OH

Group Evaporation Walk and Seated Participant | Carnegie Museum of Art and History | New Albany, IN

Group Evaporation Walk | Carnegie Museum of Art and History | New Albany, IN

Young Participant | Athens City Public Library Earthwork | Athens, OH