These are some of the questions artists Rachel Andrzejewski and Victoria Carpenter have been asking members of the community over the last several weeks. Their inquiry is part of an upcoming interactive art exhibit and multi-day event, “Entangled/Untangled: An exploratory correspondence.”
Though they are artists by trade, they are not the only ones developing the exhibit. In fact, the students, senior citizens and other community members they have visited are providing their thoughts and reflections that will become part of the display. The exhibit will be a focal piece of the three-day event at ChamplinUnited Methodist Church from March 1-3.
In addition to visiting students at Crossroads High School and residents at Mill Pond, the artists have dispatched kits to community groups to gather individuals’ wishes, hopes and dreams on fabric ribbons that will become a part of the “trees” in the art exhibit.
The artistic goal of the installment depicts the eternal struggles of humanity and the interactive qualities of the installment allows for personal expression.
“This is a significant effort to continue to gather our community in unity building efforts through the arts,” said Kay Roberts, member of Northern Intercultural Spiritual Experiences (NISE), the sponsoring organization. Roberts first became acquainted with the artists at the Minneapolis Art-a-Whirl. She was impressed by their work there called, “End of Time” and invited them to expand on the idea, creating “Tangled/Untangled…”
“We are creating something that doesn’t depend on our external separations but on the constants of the human spirit that allow us to resonate with each other as fellow, spiritual human beings,” stated Andrzejewski. “A space to untangle yourself and simply create room for pause to give you an opportunity to put your name on something. To carve out a niche. To reach outside of your normal spaces and find yourself enraptured in something new.”
Throughout the three-day event, there will be an opportunity to hear the artists’ thoughts, as well as participate in a family friendly community day with additional activities. The weekend will be capped off with an interfaith worship experience which Roberts calls a “historic event for Champlin.”
Roberts said she is already seeing the value of the project from the visits to community groups.
“When a student at Crossroads was working on the project he went to throw a piece of paper he was working on away,” she said. When the artists fished it out of the trash they discovered an origami flower.
“It was beautiful,” said Roberts. She said what was even more priceless was the student’s expression when they told him there is no right or wrong and every piece of art is valuable.
“His face just lit up at that,” she said.
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INTERACTIVE ART & ARTISTS’ TALK
Friday, March 1,
The “Entangled/Untangled: An exploratory correspondence” installation will be comprised of three interactive, visually enhanced spaces. Starting in the “black space” then moving to “white space,” participants can join in a guided tour or conduct their own self-guided experience. Hundreds of small strips of black fabric will spiderwebbed throughout the “black space.”
Guests will be seated within the display as artists Andrzejewski and Carpenter share their reflections on the project mapping out excerpts from their personal correspondence. Viewers can expect to be provided with art in the form of paper flowers, birds or blank pieces of paper and envelopes containing different question to help foster a deeper artistic exploration and to write out one’s own thoughts.
Participants will take their chosen objects and journey to the “white space” which connects the current participants to the community outreach efforts. Some of the objects found in this space may be wishes that have come from the community outreach initiative that now asks the journeyer to consider carrying the hope, burden or wishes of another forward.
Returning to the original “black space” participants can engage in post experience discussion amongst each other and with the artists.
Saturday, March 2,
Activities on Saturday will include building a sort of time capsule of the participants’ wishes for each other and their future. Craft projects relating to the art exhibit will be conducted. Self-guided tours of the exhibit space will be available.
Sunday, March 3,
Leaders from various faiths will have the opportunity to speak and reflect on the art exhibit from the perspective of their faith experience.
Contact Mindy Mateuszczyk at [email protected]