For a long time, I’ve known I’ve wanted to become an artist. What kind of art and why eluded me for some time. In my journey at SMU, I have come to seek out the answer to the question: ”How can you change the world?” “What movement can you start?” And yes even this one, “So what? What makes your art so different?” At first, I felt I had none, and upon finding one, how could my art advocate for it? What would my art do for my community anyways?? I gave myself over to the process and a light started to flicker and has grown brighter and more powerful every day. A passion as an advocate for abused women that has been buried underneath junk and miniscule goals has clawed its way to to the top and resonates within my soul and my mind with such great magnitude that I know, even the heavens comprehend. My choice of art, what I want to do with it, and why has become ever so clear: TO RAISE AWARENESS. An overwhelming desire to create art pieces of any medium, and have them displayed in safe houses for abused women, including bringing art programs into those undisclosed locations as a form of release and inspiration to both the women and children, has become my platform. I want my artwork to SPEAK OUT AGAINST ABUSE. I have begun to do just that and it is without a doubt, scary. Women who have endured abuse don’t speak about such things. It’s a taboo subject, and we sure don’t want to “step on someone’s toes” and upset the status quo. Well, SCREW the status quo! As far as your toes go…move your damn feet! (wink-wink)
Though I say any medium, however, I have fallen head-over-heels in love with ceramics and have succumbed to the transformation into the role as a sculptor and ceramist. I have even changed my degree plan so I can aquire the skills I need to further my work. My most recent art piece I created is called “Soundwaves: Not My Kind of Love. Rise Against the Violence.”, a test piece and currently hanging in the Observations/Spaces OFAC studio. In this piece, I have taken the sound waves of 6 words, 3 of negative and harsh origin and 3 of positive and uplifting origin, and have cut out the soundwave in a variety of fabrics and pinned them to foam board. The word is in stark contrast to the fabric that visually represents the word. Below each display is duplicate fabric for the viewer to touch. The fabric represents the abused woman and the mutation that she undergoes. The reason being is too often the “terms of endearment” that we use to describe our loved ones destroys the very fabric of our being, mutating one into an unfamiliar and abrasive weave that knows nothing of beauty or light, only function.
So I have begun to raise awareness and have started the process of seeking out those that have the knowledge I need in order to make this project a reality. I plan to expand this project and it most definitely needs some fine tuning. Even bring audio into it. Go take a look. Hold the fabric, touch it with your fingers, and look upon it while you say the word. Let yourself try to “marry” that word with the fabric and yourself. You probably can’t in one experience, but over a course of years, the contrasting elements do more than marry, but create such a bond that the fibers morph into a new and alien fabric. Feel the life of the abused woman. Feel free to leave a comment or your feedback on a piece of paper or sticky note. Even return to my site and leave feedback here! I would love to know what you have to say about it, for come Tuesday, I will begin to dismantle to tweak.
Here’s a sample:
Baby bedding Print: Fleece.
So on this note, let your art have a VOICE! Let it be more than pretty. Let it be powerful. Move mountains. Open doors. Change lives. Inspire. Release. Break down. Build up. Lance. Restore. Heal. Remind. Let it carry your signature, and make a world of difference in someone else’s life. If not, why are you creating anyhow?