Today I arrive at THEARC. It will be quieter today, more of a studio day than a day of interaction.
The setting is quite beautiful and bucolic. The sun is shining, yet I am able to work in the shade, within the trees, listening to birds and
insects around me. I’m still in the city, 15 minutes from my house. I have brought along a dress dummy. I am very interested in the use of mannequins across the city and how their location within the citychanges their “identity.” We’re hoping to work with a bunch of YMCA kids on Tuesday - I will invite then to make their own objects to pin to the dummy. What personality will emerge as we layers a wealth of materials onto this armature?
My own contribution will include the plastic disks and cable ties. I envision long shawls and scarves, hung from the Habitat, in and around the dummy. My placards / posters (here, I used photographs of mannequins) layer one image on top of another to produce a third. They become a visual introduction to the installation.
When I talk about my work today, I am told, “Hey, I’d like one of those for my wall.” and “I’m gonna make this guy wear that, with a
red thong and big red beach hat.”
You can’t beat the conversation that the making and seeing of art starts.
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