Today is Ash Wednesday, meaning the beginning of lent – the 40 days leading up until Easter. Although I was unable to attend the Ash Wednesday service at Sanctuary, we had a mentor meeting at New Urban Arts, and it was great to see and catch up with all the artist mentors. Besides sharing a meal together and checking in, we discussed project ideas and strategies in small groups.
Mel and I discussed the idea of making a NUA UNO deck, an idea Kah and her had been entertaining. Together we were able to devise a game plan for kickstarting this project. First, I will be working on a template design and then we are going to meet with Kah and plot out the idea on Monday.
Before the meeting started, I was observing some of the table graffiti and found this quote:
“Houseless not homeless” – Jay
I took this as inspiration for some quick form making in the studio – I folded it into an origami shape that hides and reveals the quote. The texture of the table makes the house look like a shack, ironically, while the folded structure allows for a reveal of the quote. The structure itself being the shape of a home, adds to the poetic meaning.
I was happy and surprised to see some of the little tags taken down from some of the flyers I posted yesterday. Unfortunately due to rain (and other circumstances or people), some of the postings got ruined. But the gesture remains. If one person was encouraged (and clearly at least a dozen people took a little tab, meaning more than that many people must have paused to read it), the project is not a complete failure. Whether it is a success, is another story. That is another concept I am hoping to come to terms with (or at least explore) through this degree project: “How do you measure the success of a socially engaged art/design project?”
‘By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’
– Genesis 3:19, ESV