I am very happy to be a part of the Word 6 exhibition in Chicago at Columbia College. The exhibition Word 6—An Architecture of Multi-Modal Poetry/Text was curated by S’Marie Clay and runs until January 11, 2013. I had been wanting to work some of my pieces into installations and when the opportunity came to participate in this show I was thrilled. The piece behind S’Marie, who curated the show, was inspired by my mother’s poem, “I Wish that I Could Weave”,
The Installation above is based on my mother’s poem “Blackberry Wine”. The poem is stitched on sheer fabric and the background is a hand colored xeroxed photograph I took in Oklahoma of the cattle along the horizon. The cows along the bottom are cut out vinyl and the words stenciled on the wall are excerpts from the poem. It is a very emotionally charged poem for me because it was the one that was read at my mother’s funeral—I know she would be happy to have her work shared. I am realizing how sad it would be to go through life and not lose someone you loved dearly for that would mean one never experienced that love, or you left sooner than everyone else!
I was very lucky to finish the installation and leave Chicago before Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. Chicago is such a fantastic city with so much going on in the arts. I hope to get back soon!