A ceramic canoe shape perforated and marked emerges from a plinth next to a tapestry of blue and light brown that repeats the vertical canoe shape. The title of this mixed media work may refer to the gathering of information prior to taking action, or measuring the depth of water before going in. Metaphor and symbol in this piece offer a narrative of journey and change.
Allen Hietala's work has been shown in numerous venues in the US, France and Singapore, and is held in diverse collections. She has taught and lectured in the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Nepal.