Thursday, August 11, 2011

Horn Island 27

Every year, a group from the Memphis College of Art goes to Horn Island and camps for about eight days. There are no man-made structures there, it's just us, our tents, and the island. Afterward, everyone makes art about it for a show at the school. This was the trip's 27th year, and my third time going. The show will be up from August 22- October 7, and the opening reception is September 10, 5:30-9pm. Come and check it out if you're in Memphis!

"Shipwrecked on the Horn"

"Night Terrors"
The weather was extremely merciful to us this year, the only storm we got was a really cool lightning show. Also no bugs and tolerable heat. I didn't go last year, but I heard stories of a solid week of tent-demolishing wind and rain.

"Consulting the Sage"


Rabbits are quite prolific on the Island, as are alligators. I didn't have any close encounters with the gators this time, but I did find tracks from one that had feet as big as mine.

"Thief in the Night"
The raccoons were really bold. One little @#%$ actually ripped a hole in my tent and stole my bag of food. They ransacked the food supplies at base camp nightly and did not seem to be phased by the proximity of humans. Island Raccoon don't care.

Read a review of the show from the Commercial Appeal here.

I also designed this year's shirt (logo on the tree trunk by Don DuMont).


Stephanie Camille Miller said...

Great stuff! I love hearing the thoughts that accompany the sounds like a neat experience.

michelle said...

Thanks Stephanie! It is indeed a very unique and enriching experience, especially for someone like me who had never even been camping before. I miss the island already!