This is my manifestation box from the Cedar Rapids, IA Heartdance with Turning the Wheel. I had a fantastic week working the students of Metro High School and the Jane Boyd center, putting together two fantastic shows for their communities. The week was physically and emotionally exhuasting, and at the same time worth every drop of sweat when you see the changes even a week can make in childs life
Before I started the choatic week in the schools I took some time to learn more about myself at HeartDance. One of the activities of the day was to make a manifestation box from beautiful papers, fabrics, sequins, beads, and feathers. I have made many of the these objects before but decided to make one a little more simple and organized. In the end I was very happy with the box I created. My manifestation was “Yes And Breathing and Flowing and Shifting.
This manifestation is a reminder to stay calm and stay grounded when things get a little crazy. Making myself sick with anxiety is not going to help me achieve the things I wish to achieve. If I can remember to take time to breath and take it easy everything will be less chaotic. I would also like to start meditating… but we’ll see how that turns out.
Last semester the professor in my Art in Contemporary Society class help curate a couple shows. One of the shows was a Day of the Dead exhibition in Oaxaca, Mexico. The professor presented the opportunity for students in the class to create an 8 x 10 print in the medium of their choice for the show. The only other restrictions was that it had to cover the content of Edgar Allen Poe’s the Raven, and only have black, white, and red as the colors.
Not wanting to miss out on being exhibited in an international show I submitted the work above. I hadn’t read the Raven… ever, actually. It had been read to me in middle school, but I had never actually sat down and read the poem for myself. Quite frightening to day the least. The mediums I used are acrylic paint, india ink, and crayon. I was really happy with the final composition considering I knocked it out in half an hour after reading the poem before class. Sometimes not spending too much time thinking about it results in great work.
Today I’m not sure where the print it is. I know that it was well recieved in Mexico and the show was supposed to tour around the country to a couple of schools. I don’t know if my print is still touring or not, and with the upheavel present in Mexico at the moment I don’t know if I will ever get it back. I’m really glad I scanned a copy before I sent it away. I have tried to contact the professor to see what the status is to no avail so I suppose I’m just going to have to make time to catch him in his office. Wish me luck ^_^