I was honored to be the Artist-In-Residence at Creativity Explored September 2015 - January 2016. Creativity Explored provides artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art in their studios and gallery, and around the world. I have been involved with the organization since 2008, and it is one of my favorite places. The joy, creativity and sense of community in this place is inspiring and enlivening.
As an artist-in-residence, I spent the first 6 weeks working on my own work, developing the series Thin Lines. I credit spending time at Creativity Explored with the burst of color in my work. The second 6 weeks I was invited to collaborate with a Creativity Explored artist. I was immediately drawn to work with Loren King. I love him, his work and his romantic advice. Apparently buying your sweetie coffee everyday is the trick.
Together we created this series of Brain Maps. Loren looked closely at each subject to decide how to represent them through different colors, quantities and lengths of yarn. We combined the yarn with paper pulp to capture the shapes of each person's brain. I mounted the dried paper with yarn inclusions on paper, and then Loren drew on top of them. This project was joyous and inspiring, and I hope we can continue it in the future.
This residency and collaboration was possible because of the warm support of Creativity Explored's staff, teachers and artists.
Photo credit: Giles Combet