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.
If I were Anne of Green Gables I would call my dear friend, Amelia, a kindred spirit. She is my Diana and I am her Anne. We met just a few years ago, but it feels like she’s an old elementary school friend. We have one of those uninterrupted relationships. There’s always something we can talk about and even if we go awhile without chatting it feels like we pick up where we left off right when we see each other. A breath of fresh air friendship.
Now that I live in a different state and a long day’s drive away from Amelia, we have come up with a fun way to stay in touch. We decided to collaborate on some artworks.
Here’s the deal.
We pick a material and each start a new artwork using that material. Each piece is to measure 12 inches by 12 inches.
Paper is our first material choice.
I have been pondering the piece for a few weeks now not really knowing where to begin. The other night I had one of those half awake kind of dreams and an artwork popped in my head. So, I created it the next day.
I am really excited to send it over to Amelia and see what she has to add to it. As you know, this is right up my alley as I always like to add a step or two to my artworks that are out of my control. Here I’m handing over the entire work to someone else to do as she pleases. It’s thrilling because I have no idea what to expect to get back in the mail. And, I get to do the same thing to the beginnings of a work of art Amelia will be sending my way shortly.