Kate Ingold - Study of the Forbidden Stitch

Outdoor installation, part of the Terrain Biennial

Cultivator at Bray Grove Farm

Through September 2015

Cultivator at Bray Grove Farm is excited to participate in Sabina Ott's Terrain Biennial, an international exhibition of outdoor and site specific installation art. Kate Ingold will install "Study of the Forbidden Stitch" on the front lawn of the farm, adjacent to the farm fields.

Ingold describes her installation:

At Bray Grove Farm, I will install “Study of the Forbidden Stitch,” a three-dimensional line drawing made of sisal twine and real gold thread (old/new stock from Japan used to make obi and kimono) strung between two trees on the lawn of the farm house. Echoing the woven and wound installations of Anne Wilson’s Walking the Warp and To Cross (Walking New York), and the movement of the farmer and his equine helpers as they walk in uneven, hand-drawn lines across the farm’s field, the drawing will be difficult to install and may sag within hours or with the first rain, as the twine may not hold or may even disintegrate. The precarious nature of the drawing will reflect the nature of farming itself, as the farm’s success depends on the consistent physical labor of the farmers and their mules, the weather, and other relatively unpredictable elements. As a series of parallel lines strung low between tree trunks, the drawing will become an added visual to the horizon that is noticeably present at the farm. Bound by a white fence and surrounded by the tall standing corn of neighboring farmers’ fields, the site opens up to the sky on a decidedly human scale, free from the massive verticality of the city just 70 miles northeast. 

Kate Ingold is a visual artist and poet. She received her BA in English-Rhetoric with a minor in Visual Art from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her MFA in Studio Writing (Image/Text) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Finalist Award in 2009, the Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship in 2007, and a CAAP Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in 2001. Ingold’s poetry chapbook, Dream of Water, was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2008. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Fisher Museum of Art and the Illinois State Museum. She was represented by the Roy Boyd Gallery in Chicago until its closing in fall 2014.


Click on thumbnails below to see images of Kate Ingold's exhibition "Study of the Forbidden Stitch"