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The Sacred You and Me: a culmination

IMG_1179The Sacred You and Me is an arts and culture workshop sponsored by SEEDarts, but more than that it is a community, relations, a family. I recently taught a workshop with elderly women aged 65-95 from varying faiths and ethnic backgrounds. We met weekly to share experience, culture, stories and to express these facets through art making. Immigrant women from southeast Asia sat with East African women, Filipino immigrants and African American women from Seattle as well as the south. Many had never spoken with a woman from another culture. The sharing of food, holiday traditions, and crafts turned into a heartfelt sharing of life’s turning points and one’s deepest held secrets.

IMG_2837I believe when you tap into your creative soul, trust follows. This belief was found true through the words and actions of these women. The women chose a Maya Angelou quote to sum up their final project, a glass mosaic for the foyer of the building, “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. “ They speak of building community, but beyond that they talk of being more comfortable in their residence, learning to grow through their own prejudices, and finding deeper meaning in their relationships with others, and forgiveness of both others and themselves. One woman came to tears describing her newfound understanding of other races. She confessed of her prejudice as a young women helping in the hospitals of the Philippines, avoiding the black soldiers while she catered to the others.

DSC_0030We went to Jack Straw Productions Recording Studios to record poems, stories, and songs. One women led her reading with a story of healing. “We stormed the heavens with prayer.” These powerful words are poetry and with her performance I felt fulfilled that indeed, these women were poets and artists and had been inspired by sharing, trusting, and tapping into their creative souls.

The mosaic with sound will install in the resident’s foyer this fall.

 

 

 

The Sacred You and Me

16 amazing women showed up for our workshop today, and wrote this story, phrase by phrase as we went around the room, DaDa style.

This is a memory of my husband that I just met. We got to talkin and got to know each other. We took a trip and danced all night, mesmerized with the beautiful flowers he brought. He was tall and handsome, he was fabulous and I loved him so much.

During the trip we met somebody else.

Happy my husband’s alive. I love my daughter and enjoy my children.

We secretly met, me and that other. It is really difficult with another man talking with her own husband. I don’t know how to talk about another man.

Any man will do.
The other man showed me a world that I thought I would never see. Then I woke up, and realized this other man was the mission I would spend my life looking for.

 

International Foundation for Women Artists

Thanks for supporting women in the arts and for taking the time to interview me.
The interview is posted on the blog of the IFWA, a new foundation dedicated to support, promote, educate and unite women artists internationally.
Here’s a link to the interview post on the blog.
Visit the website here to learn more about their organization.

Interview / Mary Coss

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“My sculpture explores narratives that are personal, yet globally informed meditations on our cultural landscape”.
-Mary Coss

3 Graces

3 Graces

This week we present Seattle based artist Mary Coss who makes artwork inspired by life’s stories. Read the rest here.

Arte Laguna at the Arsenale Venice

I’m excited to have been chosen as a finalist for the 8th Annual International Art Prize Arte Laguna in Venice, Italy!

Aimed at promoting and enhancing contemporary art, the International Art Prize Arte Laguna is organized by the Italian Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art) in collaboration with Arte Laguna. Artists are chosen by an International Jury. March 22- April 6, 2014. Fingers Crossed!

http://www.artelagunaprize.com/

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Images of the Homeland

North Seattle Community College Art Gallery; January 14- Feb 7, 2014

Curated group show       January 14 Artist Talk: 4 pm Reception 5-7 pm

"Faded Memories" by Sabah Al Dhaher, paintings in coffee                               “Faded Memories”      Sabah Al-Dhaher    paintings in coffee

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to curate this dynamic exhibit!   Inspired from nostalgia or issues of identity, this artwork reflects on cultural inheritance and the homeland roots of the artists featured: Akiko Jackson. Carletta Carrington Wilson, Jasmine Iona Brown, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, MalPina Chan, Maura Donnegan, Sabah Al-Dhaher and myself

We are a people of migration, both voluntary and forced. This work is inspired by both heart and heartache, and reflects on this experience. As artists we look at the world through a unique lens. Our cultural influences shape our identities, and our identities in turn shape our work. Images of the Homeland examines how our cultural inheritance manifests in the artwork that is produced. Just as there are worlds that lie in our unconscious that drive many of the things we do and how we live our lives, so do these underlying influences seep into our art and inform our subject matter. The work is as diverse as the artists. Sculpture, installation, textile, performance based, photography, and mixed media by Seattle based artists of Latino, Asian, African, Island and European descent are represented.

Artist Panel and Reception             January 14 Artist Talk: 5pm Reception 6-8pm      

Linda Ando leads a discussion with the artists around identity, cultural roots, and the making of artwork. Exploring questions of identity, immigration and forced removal, the artists consider the role cultural influence plays in their work, the phenomenon of memory, and how inherited influence affects art and creativity. Listen to the stories behind these influences, what they are and how they manifest in the finished artwork.