Beauty, Creativity, and Healing
Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy
Making Sense of Making Sense: Healing Hands
by Janice Perry
As an artist-in-residence at Making Sense 3, my self-imposed mandate was to create site-responsive work based on the Colloquium’s theme of “Beauty, Creativity, and Healing.” For me, the site is always physical, intellectual, emotional, sensual, and spiritual; bound in notions of gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, language, and other covert and overt constructions.
Creating new work at the Colloquium challenges me in a way that very few other situations do. I arrive at an unfamiliar site in the morning, notice what is taking place, immediately begin to create a new work that reflects the activities around me—and then present the work in the afternoon of the same day. I am challenged to create a “product” from start to finish in less than 6 hours pulling together and assembling my experience into a coherent narrative.
The pressure to produce something that will be shown, in whatever state it might be, at the end of the day could be paralyzing. Or (as has happened for me in the three Making Sense Colloquia in which I’ve participated) terrifying, energizing, and invigorating.
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