Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hello!



Consider/Equip
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
11" x 13"
2014

I've decided to start a blog. I'm going to take a shot at sharing some thoughts about fine art, art therapy, and my own work in progress. We'll see how it goes!

To start off with I thought I'd share a little of this weekend's gallery visits. In later posts I'll be mentioning some of the galleries and artists Xi and I saw. For now, I'd like to tell you how delightful it was to meet Zina Mussmann and Rachel Quirk from Greymatter Gallery.
They were warm and open, and readily explained a little about Population, the show currently up at Greymatter, by artist Robin Luther. Chester, IL is a small town in southern Illinois and is also home to a maximum-security prison, the Menard Correctional Center. For the show, Robin used photographs and video of the town of Chester, as well as her own written correspondence with the inmates of the Menard Correctional Center, to investigate ideas of home and population.

Image by Robin Luther

Image by Robin Luther

Image by Robin Luther


The show was especially interesting to me because of having recently  participated in an art therapy experiential that specifically addressed personal ideas of home and community. The experiential had us question what makes something a home. For many of us in the group, we became aware of how the surrounding community and others outside of our individual houses really do affect and influence our feelings of home.

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