Drawing of Icicle on Grass on Mountain, Antillone, Valle di Formazza, Piedmont, Italy, February 2018.
This is a drawing I made of an icicle hanging from a grassy ledge in Antillone, Valle di Formazza.
Antillone is an ancient Walser village. You can still see remnants of the stone walls to their village in the forest. I would go for walks to follow the fox and deer tracks, listen to podcasts and embroider in the sun, do yoga somewhere there are no footprints and is in the sun. I would take lunch; a hammock, my phone for photography only as there was no phone reception and some textile work to do whilst hanging in the sun warm above the snow.
The icicle was about 3 meters long and hanging above the main path into Antillone, it grew and shrank every time I went for a walk, as did the number of footprints on the path. Whilst I was sitting on my yoga mat in the snow drawing, I heard the shatter of glass twice, I looked up to see a small avalanche of icicles fall off the ledges at the top of the rock face. There was a delay between the glass shatter and the thud of the icicles breaking on the snow a few meters to my left and right, a small piece of ice landed on my dictionary/sketchpad.
I have combined two copies of the drawing to make a single repeating pattern. This pattern could have multiple applications, each one uniform in content and unique in function.
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