Last summer I stumbled upon an open call for artists (photographers, poets and visual artists) to participate in a collaborative project entitled, "Let's Show Some Character". I was blessed to be chosen to be part of the fun! As a contributing photographer I had the task of submitting a photograph of a character, however I should choose to interpret the assignment. The image to the left is my finished product, entitled "Reflecting Risk".
Then the anticipation began to grow as I had to patiently await the day where I would meet the other collaborators. My photograph was then passed on to a poet who only had my image (no title, no insight from me) to use as inspiration for her writing. Finally, the poem was passed on to a painter who didn't see my photograph and now only had the poem to use as inspiration for her piece! Isn't the whole idea fantastic? We had no idea who the other artists were or the work they were creating. We were kept in the dark - until last night.
Our opening reception, at the Keyano College Art Gallery, gave us the opportunity to finally see the creations within each group and meet the artists that we were connected to (but had no idea who they were!) It was fascinating to see the common thread throughout each group and how the poem in the middle served as the anchor. Everyone did a wonderful job and the atmosphere was bursting with creative energy from our mysterious collaborations.
Special thanks to Michael Moore, Sonia-Burke Smith and Tia MacKenzie (what a gorgeous framing job you did) for ALL their effort in making this exhibit such a joy and privilege to be a part of. Reinalie Jorolan and Helen Hendricks, thank you for your beautiful creations - wasn't it incredible to see the connection in our work? I am humbled and appreciative to be in such wonderful company - exhibit-wide - and look forward to many more collaborations!
If you haven't seen the show yet make sure you carve out the time before May 15th to do so! (The gallery is tucked down a few stairs in the main lobby of the Keyano Theatre.)