Friday, March 20, 2009

Our art display at Girls Girls Girls!

Wow, it's been two weeks since our last post. This art show last week really threw me for a loop! We created a thematic piece for Girls Girls Girls! 5, an annual all-women art and performance fundraiser for the local Gas Station Theatre in Winnipeg. It's exciting for us to stretch our decorative artisanry into a more "Fine Art" context.

The theme this year was confessionals. After much deliberation, we decided to create a series of linked chains out of hollow tubing, with confessions sealed inside the link-vessels. The confessions were real, though anonymous, and even we didn't read them before we cut them into pieces and sealed them in the links. So there is a sense of mystery. It symbolizes the weight and vulnerability of carrying other people's confessions, which is something we all do to greater and lesser degrees. The piece is called "Bottled Up".
It was technically trickier than we'd anticipated to create this piece - glass tubing is hard to work with! And fragile! We broke about 20 links trying to create a 13-link piece. We also had a false start with our display (the first one was too shiny, it made the links disappear) and had to try another approach at the last minute. I think it turned out well in the end, though! The other art was fabulous as well and the performances were amazing, from stand-up comedy to dance to vocal performance to aerial gymnastics, all on the theme of Confessionals.

Here's to another sold-out show next year, for Girls Girls Girls! 6: Rapture!

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