It’s been way too long since I last posted, but I had a good excuse. Interweaving! A conceptual, interactive, process driven installation featuring spoken word artists and community participation to promote unity.
It was my good fortune to be the 2016 Artist in Residence for the Haley-Henman Contemporary Art Gallery in Dallas, TX. The installation ran June – August and was very satisfying both emotionally and creatively.
Initially, the gallery room was chaotically woven across the ceiling and down the walls with fishing lines to resemble a giant web. Guests were asked to respond to their experience of the space and speakers. They documented their responses on transparent papers as drawings, doodles, writings. In turn, I responded to their papers by creating small webs & the like that “floated” on the interwoven threads throughout the room. The space became the embodiment of all who crossed into it; one great, collective, creative response to story, the “spoken word”. Each story, each paper, was celebrated for it’s unique individualism, and embraced (interwoven). We were united, woven together, for however briefly through this experience.
I am a passionate believer in the power of story. In the sharing of stories, whether they be myths, legends, folktales, or personal tales wisdom arises. Wisdom that leads to understanding, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, humility, spiritual insights…so much good for the human heart! This ultimately nurtures healing, allowing love to grow fostering peace. PEACE among people.
I am also a passionate believer in the power of the creative act! So, while my spoken word guests did their magic, listeners were asked to capture their reflections on transparent papers. I loved seeing all the creativity from everyone. It a delight to look over the papers following each concert.
You can tell in the photos above which one was the first concert – no web art – just lines!
Here is one final image where you can see how interwoven the threads have become. I love this image.
Now I am on to other things. I’ll write about very soon! Promise.