We Are All Related
Ruby Barnes • USA
Roland Idaczyk • New Zealand
About their project, the artists write, “There is a native American
expression, ‘Mitakuye Oasin.’ In the language of the Lakota Sioux
it means ‘we are all related.’ It is like a greeting, acknowledging
that the earth and its inhabitants are all connected in one big web of
life; the web is created by all of us; and the web is sacred.
“The piece we plan to produce, entitled We Are All Related, is a celebration
of that connection. Conceptually, it is meant to act as a signpost or
greeting to all walks of life and is made to be hung outdoors, especially
by places that need to be looked at or that may need our care."
“The art of the future could have a role far beyond the gallery, museum
or investment house. It could just ‘be’ in our midst adding beauty and
inspiration in unexpected places."
“Our chosen topic, the spirit of things in the natural world, is something
that will require awareness from all humans if we are to continue to coexist
on the planet. We can only look to the art, stories and life skills
of the aboriginal peoples to re-learn about our connection to the living
web of life that we call planet earth.”
For their project Idaczyk’s photographs were printed onto silk and collaged with larger pieces of silk that were dyed with permanent textile
dyes. According to the artists, “The challenge was the combining of all
the elements into a cohesive whole. Idaczyk’s photos were downloaded
from his website; and, by mirror-imaging them side-by-side, they
became symmetrical and iconic. Sometimes fanciful beings emerged in
the process. Size was determined by the printing processes involved:
The photo can be no larger than sixty inches to go through the press.
Through back and forth email conversations, the artists chose to create
three vertical silk panels that hang side by side to create a large piece
about ninety inches across by sixty inches tall. This will be hung like a
curtain on a bamboo rod.
Hampden Gallery Courtyard, University of Massachusetts •
April 2—25, 2009
Located on the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst campus, Hampden
and Central Galleries’ mission is to facilitate cultural understanding
through exhibitions and in-depth adjunct programming.
The main focus
is on new work by emerging artists in the fields of painting, sculpture,
printmaking, mixed media, video and new media.