A MEMORIAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF COVID-19
Dear Friends, Family and Fellow Artists,
I am writing this to you to express my gratitude for all the support that I have received through these difficult times. I frequently find myself filled with waves of sorrow and uncertainty. While at the same time, I am so grateful and blessed to be so healthy and busy working. Many of you have shared with me about how this pandemic is impacting your lives and the effects that the social distancing is also having on our Spirits and feelings of aloneness, along with the overwhelming disruption in our lives. Some of you have shared about the personal loss of a friend or family member, and how in many cases that person died alone. As the death toll in the US alone has now exceeded 90,000 and is still climbing, I feel an intense urge to create a collaborative installation art piece to honor and memorialize those Souls that have left this plane. I started making origami cranes intending to make one for each person lost from this virus. Initially I tried making 10 each night. By a week ago on Thursday May 14th, I would have been making them for 22 years. However, now with the current numbers it will take over 26 years at that pace. So I am inspired to invite all of you to help me create this memorial. Anyone who would like to participate, can make origami crane/s from a piece of paper no larger than 8" x 8", but smaller is fine (8 being the symbol of infinity and that knowing nothing ever dies but merely transforms).
Please send your creations to the Matter Studio Gallery 5080 West Pico Blvd L.A.,Ca 90019, where I will be joining them onto threads that will connect them and become installed in the memorial installation. This exhibition will be titled "HONORING MATTER, A Memorial for the Victims of Covid-19".
You are welcome to come and fold with me in the Gallery, to do so please call to set up an appointment, or email me at this email address or text 323-697-4988. We will also be collecting a list of names so that these individuals will be acknowledged in the installation. Mi'Chele Daniels, my Communications Director has started creating the ever growing list. If you have names to add please send those to me as well.
It will be on display at Matter Studio Gallerythroughout these Summer months. We will send out an invitation once we have completed the installation. During the exhibition, we will maintain proper social distancing guidelines and request that masks and 6' distance guidelines are practiced.
"you are not a single drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in one single drop" - Rumi
Owner: Matter Studio Gallery
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