Graham Watson, “Transect: 11 February 2007″


Overall view of closed enclosure, housing the rolled scroll


Detail view of open enclosure, with scroll resting inside transparent cradle


Detail view of scroll, first and second segments


Detail view of third segment, stacked to begin the accordian-folded presentation


Detail view of scroll, joining of third and fourth segments


Artist: Graham Watson (Freeland, MD)

Title: Transect: 11 February 2007 (2013)

Medium/technique(s): Inkjet (pigment) on kozo; gampi, stainless steel, silk; enclosure of cast acrylic and cloth-covered boards

Edition size: 3

Number of pages: Continuous jointed scroll of 27 segment

Dimensions, open: 999″ x 16.67″ (full extension), 74″ x 16.67″ as accordian-folded open spread

Dimensions, closed: 6.5″ diameter x 16.67″ length (rolled), within a 7 x 7 x 18″ enclosure


Artist statement:

My investigation of nature involves observing intersections of human industry and culture with other components of natural history and the life cycles of other living beings, to provide evidence of how our environment has shaped our development and reveal the reciprocal impression of human activity on our surroundings. Exploring these relationships informs a sense of living in balance within the universe we inhabit. These observations and meditations further develop sensitivity to the system of relationships we perceive as nature, and provide elements to be translated to a system of instruments for the contemplation of nature through heightened awareness and understanding.

Transect: 11 February 2007 records four hours of concentrated observation while following a half-kilometer section of Cresheim Creek, within the Wissahickon Valley area of Fairmount Park in northwestern Philadelphia. The photographs and sparse text fragments evoke the quiet intensity of the original walk within a structure designed to offer a shared experience of contemplation and awareness. The six-year development of this book involved considerable experimentation with materials and construction, particularly due to its unusual length, resulting in a flexible jointed structure which functions as both a horizontal scroll and accordian-folded album—emphasizing the length and solitude of the original walk while maintaining an option for random-access focus on selected elements.