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I N T E R A C T I V E
Leave Your Mark / Share Your Voice
As a Visiting Artist to Needham High School I facilitated senior art students in the creation of an interactive collaborative installation.
The objective was to create an environment that would intitate dialogue, strengthen ties and promote wellness.
Working as a team, the senior art students determined their objectives and how to incorporate them with the objectives of OYP.
The installation was active in the two weeks leading up to a schoolwide event for the Own Your Peace program.
The community was invited to write messages on strips of fabric about how they 'Own Their Piece/Peace'.
The fabric strips were then knotted onto a framework.
Some messages found their way to other locations in the school.
They considered everything from concept, to material, to color, to OYP, to fire codes to maintenance restrictions and more.
Tasks were divided covering all aspects from advertising, to maintenance, to material prep etc.
One class conceptualized a CAVE located beneath the stairs of a popular hangout.
The other class chose to locate their installation on a bridge that connects the old building to the new.
Enamored with the metaphor of bridging and connecting, they chose to proved monochromatic strips in shades of purple with the intent of unifying their message.
The students responded to the 'found' gridlike architecture as their foundation.
Some left notes in between classes.
Others visited during class time with their teachers.
The 'Materials Maintenance' committee makes sure to keep up with supplies.
At the end of two weeks, the ties from 'Bridge' will be sewn together into a quilt and displayed to commemorate their event...
... and provide opportunity for future events to add their marks.
Everyone's interested in this inclusive approach... using art as an entree into meaningful discussions.
HIVE: A Social Network - Danforth Art, 2013
UNRAVELED - Museums of Old York, 2014
NKG Gallery SOWA 2012
Fruitlands Museum, 2013
Carney Gallery Regis College 2012
Intimacy+Materiality - Helen Day Art Center, 2016
Inside/Out Gallery Davis Square2014
Re:ConstructedCarney Gallery Regis College, 2012
Collaborative weaving event open to campus wide population including students, staff and younger members of the community.
An ethnographic array of hundreds of objects that are numbered and cataloged.
The numbers correspond to a definition filed in a library card catalog.
Each object is labeled with a nonsensical phrase from a Victorian Mad Libs game.
Prompting viewers to recontextualize memory and question their associations with things.
Facing a studio move with numerous decisions about what to take and what to leave behind, I designed a participatory game.
In order to play, one needed to enter my studio to say hi and then receive a strip of red dots to vote with.
My ulterior motive was the hope that they take away some yard sale items while they were at it, and thus lighten my load.
This was the perfect environment for the double entendre - artists WANTing to sell, art admirers WANTing to own.
Sometimes the interaction would actually happen, resulting in a big fat juicy red dot!
I WANT also made space for metaphor by reflecting in a small way what people are looking for....
...Both the material and the sublime.
P U B L I C I N S T A L L A T I O N
Mirror Mirror, Frog Pond Farm Sculpture Walk, 2014