Envelop 2022 is an interactive installation depicting iridescent drapery subtly flowing in the wind, based on real-time local wind speed and direction. Visitors viewing the piece will subtly disturb the flow of the curtain through their bodies as they move through the room. The depiction of drapery can be seen as a space for artists to convey experience through the representation of abstract ephemeral forms. Aldous Huxley in the Doors of Perception stated that for artists:
“draperies are living hieroglyphs that stand in some peculiarly expressive way for the unfathomable mystery of pure being.”
We find ourselves in a world where we seek confirmation of reality through news and social media, perhaps we have forgotten how to get lost in the mystery of existence and being. My goal is to allow visitors to experience seeing through the eyes of an artist, and lose themselves within the moving hieroglyphs and amorphous forms that are presented to us in this interactive virtual drapery. Interactivity creates an experience for the individual, as well as placing them in a performative role by influencing the dynamic system of drapery blowing in the wind. Wind data is based on local Santa Fe weather provided by Openweather.org.