Home Grove is a set of mixed-media sculptures designed to invoke thoughts of peace, comfort, rest and ease, whether that is a physical structure, being with particular people, an emotional response or . . . Similar to my public art piece, Thicket, installed under the Sky Point in downtown Billings, these sculptures use the structure of groves of willows and red twig dogwood, which grow along our river and form protective spaces for insects and animals, as symbolic of how our community provides haven for our many and diverse citizens.
Details of sculpture and community thoughts on home
Home : Peace
steel, copper, fabric, paint
As part of the Back Alley Arts Festival in Billings, MT, I demonstrated my wire weaving techniques on Home : Peace and invited visitors to draw or write their responses to the word "home" on painted canvas ovals. Other participants included the Billings Public School's Quest Program's 4th, 5th and 6th graders (with whom I spent a week discussing community-engaged and environmental art), preschoolers from St. Luke's Enrichment Center (who field-tripped to Toucan) and attendees at my discussion about community-engaged art at Kirk's Grocery.
Participants likened the painted cushion to the ripples of water in the river and the collection of ovals on the wall as river rock, submerged and partially exposed along the river's edge.
The sculpture, cushion and ovals are part of an installation in Toucan Gallery through September 2019.
Participation and demonstration during Back Alley Arts Festival, Billings, MT, August 2019