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A journal of creative adventures
From my time in Florence I have fond memories of the Mercato Centrale and the true living history treasures of Italy.
Strolling with new friends along the river Arno and Florence's honeycomb streets day and night was a simple pleasure.
The most truly enjoyable day was spent touring the Tuscan country side with Luisa, Raffaella, Alessandro and Luigi.
As with all my travels I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time to hear stories, share confidences and relish the delights of vibrant personalities.
Our morning in San Gimignano and a shared lunch feast at Bar Dell'orso at Monteriggioni leaves me with edible and social heartfelt appreciation.
My weekend in Florence was wonderfully fulfilling and has enriched my world view.My time in Rome was hosted by Mirella, a psychologist who is taking the leap of faith to launch her private practice. In her spare time she is a devotee of contemporary art, ancient architecture and has completed a sommeliers training. I now have fond memories of a day spent in Rome with Adrianna and discovering a sleepy Rome back street ancient pizza bar. The pizza was delicious (Adelaide's Lucca style) and the setting steeped in history.
While in Rome I was fortunate to connect with a number of women through my network. Adriana (Mirella's sister and an educator), Pietra (a sustainable foodaphile from the US) and Tatjana (an Eastern European advocate who lives in the very interesting Garbatella district).
This metaphoric domain is free of constricting labels and boundaries, yet allows me to inhabit my need for a spiritual artistic union.
Through a series of immerse spaces the SFMOMA show encourages the audience to undertake a physical and emotional journey. Without guide or road map, installations unfold and seduce. Whether viewed in peace, free of the distracting crowds or experienced with a tribe, Eliasson fosters the individual experience.
This show at once has quelled a hunger within me, yet reinforced a longing. My frequent revisits are testimony to Eliasson’s ability to allow me to explore his work through a deeply personal lens.
As the iris adjusts: scents are realized, dimensions are accepted and fluid forms are navigated. One is engulfed viscerally by the divergent constructed environments. With each visit I discover new aspects of seeing, feeling and thinking, my time within this creative domain has become a celebration of art within a powerful context. Whether it is the environment, passion, inquiry or conundrum. Eliasson’s works have irrevocably realigned me.
Historically textiles have been the domain of the elite, lavish weavings serving as cultural currency and evidence of social standing. Yet the majority of consumer based textiles and household adornments are often produced in arcane conditions. Indigenous craftspeople increasingly face challenges to their well being through oppression and hardship. In this environment female labor oftentimes toiling in servitude is testimony to the disenfranchisement of women’s creativity and social standing.
It is rare for a textiles exhibition to resonate beyond the visual and tactile response. Yet this collection of textiles had an underlying strength in the fusion of three district elements: the overwhelming stories of oppression, genocide and community efforts to be liberated. Highly stylized works from
For many in war ravaged communities the scars resulting from atrocities are unfathomable. The
A critical aspect throughout the exhibition is that of cultural economy. It was evidenced by American Indian artifacts from the period of early expansion west, through non government organizations promotion of community building programs in third world countries.The museum facilitated a number of public forums, I attended: "Can Art Build Peace? What About Textiles". With a panel of human rights activists and scholars, this timely discussion expanded upon how arts, creativity and collective expressions of hope are powerful agents of change.
This exhibition served to educate and ask many evocative questions and encourage audiences and curators to ponder: How do we address the ethical dilemmas that arise in our arts and culture-based peace building practices?