Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Excerpt from Statement of Purpose

I believe that when we work together we can achieve beautiful things. 

 In this critical moment for  the planet and humanity, I believe that art has the profound opportunity to inspire and to lead through socially and environmentally conscious creativity.  I wish to explore within the context of an MFA at the Trans Art Institute collaborative, 'open source art'. 

Much like open source software, open source art sees the artist as the architect of collaborative art projects that involve numerous individuals creating pieces of a much larger whole.  For the last year I have been  exploring this process through mosaic, multi-media mandalas.  By inspiring the participation of many, the artist orchestrates a creation that is much more than the sum of its parts.   The harmonious and grand creations that result are a powerful symbol of what can be achieved by working together.   I am profoundly excited by the potential of this process to unite and inspire.  

For humanity to raise to the challenge of the challenges of our planetary moment, we must become more conscious of our interconnectedness to our neighbours, to nature and to the planet.    Mandallas are part of ancient spiritual traditions in raising consciousness.  They are a uniquely poised medium to assist with the grand task at hand.

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