A large part of my work is about connecting with
individuals and groups and working on projects together.
8 Days of Weeks Collaboration- Summer 2011
Summer 2011 was the summer of celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Weeks Act, which created, among other preserved areas, The White Mountain National Forest. I partnered with The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, appearing as a community artist at three locations in August.
Working with visitors and community members and using a grid-based process, I pulled together a mural work illustrating forest themes, ideas, experiences, and the face of John Weeks.
Participants ranged from the youngest artists, 3-4 year olds to elementary school students, to adult and senior community members, and they created individual wooden tile works.
The process was a wonderful combination of discussion, experimentation, and collaboration, taking place in Lincoln, NH, in North Conway, NH, and at Weeks State Park in Lancaster, NH.
I took the three panels back to my studio, and completed the work. It is now installed at The White Mountain National Forest Headquarters in Campton, NH
Click to see some of our Past Collaborations
Stage One (2006) is part of a long term collaboration with Moultonborough Central School that is centered around the idea of creating a closer relationship between the indoor learning spaces and the outdoor local environment.
Stage Two of the project involved building an outdoor screened-in classroom.
Stage Three (2007 – 2009) is a planning stage for creating activities for students and teachers to use outdoor spaces as part of their curriculum.
Art & Nature with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire
In April, 2008, during the “Week of the Young Child”, I worked with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and 11 preschool to 2nd grade groups, making art with nature. We were lucky to have the first beautiful week of a New Hampshire spring. The work was more than simply presenting a fun art/nature experience for young children. Together, teachers, parents, children, and I enjoyed being outside, using natural materials, and rediscovering our relationships to the natural world.
Stream of Consciousness
I worked with a group of high school students on this project. They wanted to focus on the concept of water consumption and packaging. After much discussion, negotiation, drawing, redrawing, and building, we created a waterfall made from woven plastic water bottles. We also constructed signposts to lead our audience out to the waterfall site, highlighting issues around water.