I am feeling blue. Despite that, I am (trying) to focus on my next installation(s). A woman must work and make things to nourish herself, and I have deadlines.
After writing, thinking, and discussing for months, I let my brain rest and then the idea arrived:
I came to realize that I must make something that I can make with gusto and with assurance that the work will look and feel like mine, but also conveys what I think matters most.
WATER and how PLASTIC IS A MENACE TO IT
This is a screen-shoot of part of my proposal for the Biennale Internationale Du Lin De Portneuf in 2017 (blogpost) HERE, and have just received the approval to move forward
with my concept.
INSTALLATION for BIENNALE DU LIN
Provence of Quebec, Due in June, 2017
The perimeters for the Biennale are that I use linen/flax or its evocation since the growing of flax is part of the history of the villages along the St. Lawrence River and is deeply rooted in the community.
The creators of the Biennale have directed me and a group to use the them, "GONE UNNOTICED'.
"Of all the actions done by humans, history holds only a tiny part. Memory is a selective process...a tremendous part of human beings actions goes completely unnoticed.
If, as wrote it French poet René Char, « L’essentiel est sans cesse menacé par l’insignifiant », : «The essence of life is ceaselessly threathened by the insignificant»,
As you might imagine, I contemplated this task from April until October. Some of my thoughts...
The use of plastic by humans and its devastating consequences to the health or our water is the concept I have selected to use for theme, Gone Unnoticed.
We use plastic as a convenience for packaging thousands of items to make our lives easier and discard it often without an afterthought to where it will end up. We do not consider the real damage it has on the environment and goes unnoticed by many people.
When plastic reaches our waters, it becomes a great danger to marine life and to us.
Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean. Trash accumulates in ocean
garbage patches, the largest one is between Hawaii and California is called “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. The plastic debris is sized 0.5 m/1.5’ and up.
Most of this trash cannot be seen because it is so tiny that it is invisible to the human eye but is oating just beneath the water’s surface. Marine wildlife ingests these plastics and its effects are long lasting and deadly. For example, Much of the toxin-containing plastic pieces are also eaten by jellysh, which are then eaten by larger fish. Many of these fish are then consumed by humans, resulting in our ingestion of toxic chemicals.
Undeniablly, all marine life is at risk of the dangers of plastic waste.
I must execute this work. Stay tuned. I'll be dyeing linen, sewing, etc...
THE NEXT INSTALLATION: timeline Spring?
I MIGHT be able to create an installation/wall covering for 2 waiting rooms in an emergency room in a local hospital.
They asked for calming imagery using light and color.
These are 2 rooms where people receive very difficult news.
I'm SLOWLY thinking about using tessellations. Like these drawings I've done And adding beautiful colors to the background.
If you can imagine, these are some ideas that might become combined and turn into a new work.
If all goes well, I'll be making wallpaper to wrap 3 walls with this type of imagery.
There are a few more projects looming, and then a SOLO show in Spring for Kent State University.
And what are you up to?