I’ve been working on a large project since October 2010. It’s involved a lot of research, travel and prep work. Lots of painting, an epic residency, lots of sleepless nights and lots of worry. I’ve been in knots thinking that the only place to exhibit this work was in a gallery setting and that somehow I had to conform to those requirements and demands…..Wrong-oh, Janice…quit being so colonized by the system!
Take things that belong in special places,
and make them in their special places.
Fit the art to the sacred space it should belong to. (Fancy curator talk will call it “site specific”.) I think it’s important to make the art where the Creator guides us to make it. De-institutionalize art and you make it more human. Claim that space loud and clear. Make a land claim of your own. Do it because you must.
Sometimes, you just get those moments of clarity that tell you you’re on the right track.
This….was one of them.
“Bones – No ReZervations Required” is part of the CAMP project.
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Coming from Cherokee heritage, I really like this installation! Great work and an awesome blog!
Asheville, NC (God’s Country)
Glad you’re enjoying the work, Allison. This is just the first iteration of the installation. Busy times ahead for me!
“De-institutionalize art and you make it more human.” is such a beautiful statement to me; I too am in the middle of an art project that doesn’t fit the gallery system.
Tell me about it…I mean really – would love to hear about how you’re approaching it. For me, it was like a cold fish smacking me in the face when I realized what I was struggling with. Now, the possibilities seem endless and I’m in the process of re-designing how it should all ‘be’.