Since my exhibit was cancelled due to Covid restrictions, I wanted to find some way to share what I conceptualized for my full exhibit presentation. I decided to try to present each collage with their original pictures side by side. I set up large pieces of white foam board in my upstairs room attempting to replicate a gallery wall. With my iPad, I took a picture and video of each collage with their corresponding pieces. This by all means is not a professional presentation. The lighting was difficult, the space available to accurately photograph was limited and my inexperience at video recording is on display. However, I do feel I’m showing the original concept of my exhibit to some extent and also the dimensions of the collages compared to the original pieces. I also completed an audio presentation of my artistic process. I hope by listening to my audio and viewing the videos you can appreciate my original intent.
Audio of my artistic process.
(Completed with Cherish and This Land is My Land)
Feel the Wind represents the struggles of individual land rights and the preservation and protection of our environment. Shown in this collage, are the environmentalist and rancher facing each other, surrounded together by the wind of nature. Together they hold the flag as it becomes one with the wind.
(Completed with Remember and For You, My Child)
(This collage also includes some children’s faces from Our Turn and Heart of Education)
Journey Revisited was difficult for me to complete and name. It’s message covers many topics; immigration, diversity, elder wisdom, the passing of time and journey. The immigrant parent rests from their journey embracing a baby surrounded by many children representing diversity. The elders who traveled the journey look upon with warmth and reassurance, guiding them further to their destination.
(Completed with Blurring the Line, Our Backs, Your Table and Man at the Door)
Hands of God represents the need to look upon people in need with compassion. The hands supporting the old man are from those who seek to change policy and systems to assist those in need. The migrant woman looks on while others look to the fields of labor and the Supreme Court.
(Completed with God Given Right and Our Turn)
Cease Fire places the gun right’s advocate in the center, holding the flag and pointing down towards his broken gun wrapped within the flag. He is surrounded by youth who strive for gun control. They support him by holding the flag with him as he separates from the gun. The distant woman at the shooting range looks on towards the crowd of youth.
(Completed with We Served Together, Patient, Doctor…and Profit and Tug of War)
Structure of Care forms a room surrounding the doctor and patients. Two Congressional representatives peer into the room supporting it and embracing the care within the room. The space includes others, including a representative disengaged with what is occurring. Profit, the man with a hat, is outside of the room excluded from the space.
(Completed with Heart of Education and Bull Run Grippe)
Circle Time invites those who are responsible for our government policies to join in with our students and teachers to help schools thrive. This piece shows those in high levels of power sharing a playful moment during circle time, remembering their youth, and seeing the need for educational support.
(Completed with Strength in Unity, Bandanas, Finger Play and Equal Together)
Tapestry depicts faces, each divided in four quadrants to represent diversity and shared humanity. The hands are within the flag to represent care for one another and work towards a common cause.
(Completed with Enmeshed Unity, Knee for Justice and Mixed Message)
Listen reminds the viewer of past and present racism and the need for change. The two men face each other over the third who reminds us to strive for change. The hands are brought together in a message of unity. The police officers’ uniforms form the fencing of the past.