Handwoven cotton, concrete, mixed media, video, 2009-2010
As a visiting artist with the Center for Creative Connections at the DMA, I worked with over 500 individuals to create an interactive installation and community response project. Each concrete collage in this installation was made by an individual representing one of the Dallas Museum of Art communities; visitors, volunteers and partner organizations from 16 different groups, over 500 people. During each workshop I asked participants to consider how materials can become their vocabulary, allowing their choice of material and composition to tell us something about themselves. I have found my own vocabulary through the use of concrete and textile based media. I was initially drawn to these materials because of their opposition – the textiles are considered fragile and temporary while the concrete suggests permanence and strength. In this installation, I used concrete to suggest the lasting importance of the community relationships and the process of weaving to create a woven record of the individuals who are part of this community. Weaving the collages together allowed me to connect the participants in a new way. My intension is for them see how they are a part of a larger community and how their contribution to it is vital." To document the project, the participants were asked to list their material choices and answer the question – “How do these materials represent you?” The video projected onto the looms is a compilation of selected responses from these records.