It was a magical evening- absolutely stunning beyond words. Thanks to everyone that was there for being part of the magic.
Below is in an exert from documentation of the Suspension:
While in my studios working on Suspension, the elements of my personal internal dialogues, play themselves out in the spatial design of Suspension. This is clear, in hindsight, in a few examples.
The structure of the scales.
Less than a month prior to the event, the design of the piece has one large scale, with bends and turns, with only 8 plates of desserts. Throughout the month of June, the design form has many shifts (not nearly as many shifts in the materials). Though the sketches do not show the full stages of the shifts, my sketches are done as needed to either further develop the idea with myself, or used while in a dialogue with Kevin Weiss, Kimberly Shulz, Colleen Sheehy, or others at the Plains Art Museum to visually illustrate an idea.
The shifts relate to my personal internal changes- in developing a form of scales to balance many (6o) small plates on a few (6) different size scales. Meanwhile, internally, I am re-prioritizing many small elements, looking at daily choices and practices; as well as looking at large overarching changes which seem to cause entire re-understanding of who I am and what my true and current ideals are and what I wish them to be. As well as how I can use these skills and passions to effectively inspire the public towards awareness of their own personal choices and options.
The press release.
On Saturday, 18 June 2011, I attend an all day workshop with Wes Hamilton for meditation to enhance personal awareness and growth. Through the meditations, I become frustrated about priorities, goals, balance, ideals, wants, needs and clarifying them all, even crying during the workshop.
On Sunday, 19 June 2011, I wake up after much wanted sleep in hopes will help to heal the meditation work, and without much thought, write the press release from start to finish in approximately an hour. Though I proof it for grammar, I do not truly review what I write until days after the event. Upon my review after Suspension is completed, only then do I realize I write all about balance, shifting balance, finding a beautiful balance, and consequences to choices. All of these are ideas which are in shift in my personal life during the month of June 2011.
Actions and consequences. Balance and shifts. An ever changing form of scales and a press release illustrate these internal dialogues in external forms, neither of which I was aware of until after the completion of the Suspension.
Happily, the awareness of the correlation has a much shorter time span than it has at other points of my life. This awareness of the relationship of internal dialogues and external actions is only a few weeks during Suspension. In the past it has taken years for me to realize some connections. It is comforting to realize that with time and work come energy, wisdom, awareness, and internal peace. And that these emotions and growth come through in the physical actions of my artwork.