the bell bound to the belfry // Open Studios
For the past few weeks I’ve been collaborating with my friend and artist Elaine Buss on a screen-printing project for Open Studios at Charlotte Street this Saturday. My early conversations with Elaine generated a lot of thinking about how we experience time and space, especially in decisive or epiphanic moments. When we finally brought together the language I was working with and the images she was working with, we were both surprised by the similarities in what our conversations were generating.
So we then went to work screen-printing. It’s been a process of discovery for both of us since I am primarily a writer and Elaine is primarily a sculptor. And it’s also been a new experience of allowing the process itself to determine the composition. Unlike most screen-printing projects that are intended to be replicable and uniform, Elaine and I used the language, images, inks, and screens as tools and materials to make each print unique.
The image below is some of our works in progress. I’m not sharing the completed prints yet because they won’t be public until Open Studios on Saturday. But I couldn’t wait to share a bit of what I’ve been up to lately, because this has been a fun and invigorating process to learn a new practice that also pushes my own practice into new territory.
If you’re in KC this weekend, come to Open Studios this Saturday! You can visit all of the studios, see performances, talk with artists and writers, and buy art. Hope to see you there!