Often, while working on one major project, I will be preparing for my next. 2018 was dedicated to traveling around the country interviewing people suffering or recovering from drug addiction, in preparation for my emerging EMPaThY Fix Project art series.
Also in development is a social practice series on implicit bias and racial discrimination.
Research led me straight to the Sandy Spring Museum and its archives. This Quaker community played a critical role in the Underground Railroad.
To pay homage to Sandy Spring and it’s history, I have joined forces with friend and fellow artist, Martha Spak, to create an engaging panoply of art–for and of the community. Martha and I together have created a triptych mural that highlights important community landmarks. The fun comes when visitors realize that we have only partially painted the murals–they are invited to finish coloring the artwork! Bold, I know. Thus, we have entitled the entire exhibition Color Your Community.
After lending their artistic skills to the murals, visitors will delight in testing their community knowledge. As they venture down the courtyard promenade, visitors will discover twenty photographs taken during my series of photo “safaris” to the Sandy Spring/Olney area. I challenge visitors to identify where I captured each artistic glimpse of their community. Museum staff have the answers under lock and key. Good luck!
Here are a few of the photos to whet your appetite…
Then, in honor of the heartrending history of Sandy Spring, I offer up “Conduct,” my larger than life sculpture reflecting the history of the location’s role in providing safe passage along the Underground Railroad. Within the sculpture, visitors will discover names and ages of transported slaves, along with many stories of the time.
The exhibition will be on display from 7 February until 28 April, but join Martha and me on 9 February for our opening artists’ talk.