Friday, July 27, 2012
C A L L F O R D O N A T I O N S
Would you like to be a part of a public art installation?
Do you find yourself repeatedly collecting things just because you like them... not necessarily because you need them?
How many books or magazines are by your bed in queue to be read some day?
Or how many multiples of clothing or pairs of shoes are in your closet?
Is there yarn, fabric, beads, tools stored in waiting for their projects?
Cell phone cases, game cards, electrical devices, neckties, pocketbooks... you get the idea.
As a recipient of the 2012 Somerville Arts Council Fellowship Award, I will be creating a sculpture called stash that will be installed in the trees of Union Square, Somerville. Several large structures will be hidden in the branches in September while the trees are still in full foliage - and then exposed in October when the leaves drop.
The idea is to question the need to collect things; to ask why it is sometimes kept secret; and to wonder about what motivates us. Creating an opportunity to look at our selves through our things - and presenting an unexpected encounter, for anyone walking by, to question for themselves.
I'm asking family, friends and colleagues to think about this. If you identify with the concept and want to be a part of this project, please donate item(s) from your own collecting. It can be shoes, yarn, books, clothing, ear rings, housewares, unfinished craft projects etc. - you know what you have to offer.
Please don't be limited by my narrow range of suggestions, all objects are very important and the more randomness the better - anything goes. These donated items will be used in the construction of the packages that will be installed in the trees. Please note that the objects will not be returned.
Donations are needed soon, ideally by the end of July (or first week in August) since I will be building the structures during the month of August and installing in September.
I will pick up, or you can drop off at my studio, or leave at Joy St. just inside the yellow door by the mailboxes with my name on it (86 Joy Street, studio #4).
If you are interested in being a part of stash... I thank you in advance. I am grateful for the support I've received over the years and feel it a privilege to belong to such a generous community. Naturally, there will be a party around this event... I'll keep you posted!
This program is supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.