Our very talented artist daughter Grace Mitchell created a Bear Hunt observation checklist for families to do on neighbourhood walks during the current COVID-19 restrictions. It is in the stykle of "One Fish, Two Fish". She is sharing it freely and I'm putting it here for ease of access.
In response to a query, here are some websites where you can search for religious art online. Most of them make available historical images for any use. Some have restricted use - such as online viewing but not download - hence you can share the link of provide a device for people to view the art. Feel free to notify me of additional sites.
Wordle is a "word cloud" image based on the frequency of words in a particular text. The more a particular word features in a passage, the larger it appears in the image. I recently used this feature in nVivo as part of my PhD research, analysing my interviews.
The Wordle website was developed by Jonathan Feinberg several years ago as an online toole for making these word clouds. The WWW app/format that it was based on is now rarely used - the Java 2D API. So he has created a downloadable application which I tried for the first time today. It works fine on my Mac. But rather than saving the files as PNGs, I print them to disk as postscript files and then resize them in Photoshop for printing to A4 at 300 dpi.
Here are my creations of John 15 and John 14-17 from the NRSV. I'm going to use them together as a visual comparison alongside texts. I kind of like the "In the beginning was the Word" connection, which is actually part of the conext for the use, namely Jesus' words to his disciples framing a Trinitarian context for mission that connects past, present and future.
Grace has been awarded the sculpture prize for her final year of her Visual Arts degree. I don't often blog about our family obvious reasons, but since we have two graduating artists seeking work, I'm going to support them by getting their names 'out there'.
Grace's piece won praise from the judges for both its edginess and coherence. While Grace is a great illustrator (often ink and watercolour), her leaning toward sculpture is about creating interactive, social experiences.
She currently has a piece in "Nest" at the Format Gallery, 15 Peel St, Adelaide. I can't tell you what it may invite you to do.
Inspired by the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together”,
'Feathers' features 23 young artists’ works which will be enmeshed in a
giant chicken wire nest built within the gallery, physically and
metaphorically supported by the audience as they weave fabric, yarn,
sticks, tape, and other recycled materials into the walls.
At Uni Grace made an installation involving 400 balloons (mostly blown up by me... using compressed air), each with sentence of someone's dream in them (mostly inserted by me), and some with tiny torches in them (also me...). The darkened room had cloth suspended waist-high with the balloons above the cloth and light shining down. When you walked into the room you had to stoop down. It was all about the weight of dreams. A wonderful idea.
As a sideline she had an outdoor piece in "Drawn In" where she had 200 kites hung in trees (me holding a ladder in the rain, Yvonne helping make kites while sitting in the mud and rain) representing the loss of childhood innocence as we journey through life.
Prior to that she filmed herseld dragging a kite around town and then throwing it off a balcony. It was all about the difficulty of the creative process. I missed seeing that one.
And then there's "Fluxus", the movie of which will never be seen publicly. Rundle Mall. A large box. A smaller, singing box. Carrots. The "Tim the Enchanter" headgear. Chanting. Balloons and glitter. Bananas. It was all about audience reaction.
We're very proud of her and have absolutely no idea what she might want to create next. But she has power tools and is calling MY shed HER workshop, so who knows...
Grace Mitchell has an art piece in an outdoor installation exhibit at Blackwood Forest for 3 weeks. The exhibit is called "Drawn In" and its part of the annual SALA Festival (South Australian Living Artists). This particular work is by a number of UniSA art students. aka "The Elvis Collective"...
The forest represents life, and the kites (more behind me) represent the loss of childhood as we grow, hence them being caught in the trees and gradually disappearing... that's the short version... I'll have to take a better photo because most of the kites are behind us...
I love this work by Derek Sargent!
There's something really nice here about a fence made of wool - flexible, fragile, temporary, and spun...
For the local who walk there often, there's suddenly a fence across the paddock. we watched them and their dogs looking perplexed. then choosing to follow the fence line. unlike a wire fence, you felt reluctant to step through it. I mean, you could easily, but because of its fragility you'd rather walk around it. like a spider web.
and its a fence thats soft, springy and nice to touch. a gentle edge. almost an invitation to walk around or follow it. we saw the fence yesterday and I first assumed it was permanent. I stood next to it and didnt really look at it. then i found out that it was wool and part of the exhibition.
today I saw the spinning wheel for the first time. I'm quite enamoured with this piece. the posts are regular fence posts. the fencing looks like proper fencing. its a proper fence! the posts aren't temporary, but the wool seems to be, so perhaps they are as well... I can see myself using this image in a conversation about fences and barriers in our lives.