Indigo Dream, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE. 2016.
Indigo Dream is Stephanie Garmey's vision of the voyage that elephant herds take across the African savannah to the Salt Caves of Mt. Elgon in Kenya. Led by the herd's matriarch, these journeys are made at night, under the stars.
Knowledge or Memory of the route has been passed on through the matriarchal lineage for thousands of years.
From an imagined bed in her "Dream Hut", Garmey immerses the viewer in what she describes as the innate, learned, and shared knowledge of the incredible animal world we share the earth with, including elephants,monkeys, weavers birds, and the grey-crowned crane. The animals and foliage reach out in this installation to share their amazing intelligence,beauty, and knowledge.
The artist draws her inspiration from natural objects, fossils, and antique taxidermy. Her meditations on nature use a variety of media including painting, intricately cut paper, book arts, drawing, clay, and light projection.
“ Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."
- Naturalist and Preservationist John Muir
“I defy anyone to look upon elephants without a sense of wonder. Their very enormity, their clumsiness, their giant stature, represent a mass of liberty that sets you dreaming. They’re … Yes the last individuals."
- Romain Gary writes from The Roots of Heaven
What are days for? To wake us up. To put between the endless nights. What are nights for? To fall through time into another world.”
- Performance artist Laurie Andersons documentary, Heart of a Dog