Tracing Shadows is an interactive drawing project that invites people to make tracings of shadows that are temporarily cast by surrounding plant life, people, and objects. These shadows evolve throughout the day and the tracings document the lapses in time, calling on visitors to notice their physicality as an active part of the space.
The tracings, made with baking soda and chalk, draw attention to the progressions of shadows and light. This is equal parts celebration and mourning of the ephemerality and fluidity of nature and time. The work remained as a remnant of what took place until the elements and time washed it away.
This project has been made at the Suffolk Street Community Garden on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and on Governor's Island, New York with variations specific to the location.