Deborah Dumka: Restorative Niches
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ― Thursday, October 03, 2013
Deborah Dumka, Restorative Niches
‘restorative niches; attention restoration; biophilic cities, phytoncide theory, restorative literature; nature deficit or shinrin-yoku’ – all speak to our growing understanding (or for some, remembering) – that nature isn’t just a luxury, but an essential component of human well-being.
In the west this emerging zeitgeist manifests in city planning, education, health modalities, management paradigms, child rearing and numerous books on how to manage your personality. It is this concept that Dumka explores in a “living room” of interactive textile pieces reflecting elements of her personal restorative niches. It invites the viewer into a moment, one that hopefully will initiate a shift towards equilibrium or at least move the viewer to linger.
The first piece you physically encounter upon entering the “living room” is Sandy Path – an 11.5 ft floor piece divided into 3 visual sections – the ocean, a sand path and the forest. You are invited to put on earphones, place the walking stick on the surface, and walk following the lights as they guide you through a soundscape that carries you from the ocean, across the sand, and into the forest.
Dumka plays with the Fibonacci Sequence in her homage to the healing power of nature. The ubiquity and astounding functionality of the Fibonacci Sequence or Golden Ratio in nature suggests that it is a fundamental characteristic of the Universe, one that imbues architecture with design, our souls with beauty; and through sound, our psyche with calm. In “Green”, a 4.5ft mandala of hand dyed wool, Dumka has used colour to echo elements of the sequence, which is then juxtaposed to the linear representation which creates the wallpaper on one of the ‘living room’s’ walls. With a snap of a QR code you are treated to an online walk through a windy forest.
the ‘living room’s’ one piece of furniture is a ‘day bed’ inviting one to put on a headset, lie back and listen to an endless loop of lapping waves while pondering the mandala and an array of wall hangings that document Dumka’s creation process.
This work draws on Dumka’s past as an engineer and continues to build on her extensive body of work that explores our relationship to landscape – whether it is her horizon inspired hand-bags or her 8 ft rugs/wall hangings evoking the rocks and waves outside her Texada Island home, Dumka challenges us to invite the natural world into our urban day to day living.
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curated by raine mckay