I was selected to create work for Window on Art in Corvallis, Oregon. My collaborator, Katrina Henry, and I created a participation based art project that enticed the community to not only join in on the conversation, but become part of the final artwork as well.
A stark and seemingly empty space will fill up over time as viewers choose to interact, participate, and develop an art installation. TheSelf and Portrait Project is about perspective, conversation, and community. By engaging an audience through self reflection questions we hope to ignite a simultaneous inner and outer dialog. By asking personal questions in a public space we aim to widen perspectives and encourage a different and hopefully deeper thought process. Perhaps the audience will not only think in terms of self, but also in terms of other. By being interaction and participation based we strive to inspire connection and conversation on several levels, including artist to viewer, viewer to art, viewer to self, viewer to viewer, stranger to stranger, and citizen to city. While viewers interact and become participants and art makers they also become art objects. Each participant will be asked to stand and be photographed by us. A piece of each participant will make up a whole portrait that will come to represent the city of Corvallis.
Maude Kerns Art Center offered me the opportunity to make my art installation for A Day in the Life a reality this year. With special help from my amazing and talented friend, Katrina Henry, the project came full circle and was installed and exhibited.
Artist Statement / A Day in the Life
Please do 3 things for me:
Write down the details of one day of your life.
Send me a photograph of you.
Tell me your favorite color.
What is a relationship? From the past to the future, one human to the next, to an artist with the materials she uses. Mundane moments make up the majority of our day. Dependence on strangers occurs more than most of us would like to admit. Every moment is significant as it leads us to the next. Every person matters and their actions create reactions that affect the world. My art expresses my ideas about chaos and coincidence. From the extreme mundane activities of eating, sleeping, and brushing one’s teeth, to dramatic and historical events that centuries will continue to hear about, they all hold meaning. We are all connected by moments in time.
This summer I was fortunate to have the opportunity to create the art installation I visualized when I began my “Day in the Life” Art Project back in May of 2011. I’m still processing the whole ordeal and learning more about myself, my art concept, and what I want to say as an artist. I was pleasantly surprised that most people that saw the installation “got it” right away and several people interacted with the work (which was a big concern). All in all, it was a great success! I can’t wait to do it all over again in Eugene, Oregon in January of 2016!
Thank you Wiseman Gallery of Grants Pass, Oregon for taking a chance on lil’ ol’ me and letting me say what I want to say in the way I want to say it. I can’t tell you how good that truly feels.
To read more about the project, visit the blog dedicated to it here.
Perspective is always an interesting discussion whether your speaking of an artwork or life. Everyone looks at life through a blurred window, shaped by their gender, ethnicity, circumstances, and so much more. The first step is to realize that the window will always be blurred. To be okay with that, and look at the world with that in mind.