This Artist in Communities project took place at Marpole/Oakridge Community Center in Vancouver BC from April-September 2022.
Jimmy Joseph and i hosted drop-in workshops to design, paint, carve and document a 3-panel carved wood triptych.
the workshops were low barrier so folks could observe, ask questions, paint for 5 minutes or stay for the day and return again and again!
the central part of the project was for Jimmy to share his Kwagiulth culture and passion for West Coast artwork!
(this project grew to 4 panels DOUBLE SIDED)
these workshops were a way to bring West Coast Art and Indigenous teachings to the MarpoleOakridge community!
we started first inside the community center - for the initial design process and some painting - and then went outside to Oak Park for casual painting workshops under the trees.
sometimes we would have chance meetings with families already there to use the park and other times we had folks who followed the schedule and showed up semi- regularly. most participants found it to be a calming and meditative activity, to sit quietly and paint on Jimmy's beautiful designs. it was a way to slow down, appreciate line and colour and form and hear and share stories.
Jimmy was very generous to tell stories about Alert Bay and his life and Kwagiulth culture. he also shared stories about his designs, how he got into carving and his viewpoints on living your best life. every afternoon was a joy.
i documented every workshop with a blog post that had digital imagery and words, remembering who was there and what we talked about. i wanted a memory of what happened in diary form and i wanted it immediately available for the participants to reference. i often included links to videos and such.
as well , together as a community, we documented the process using an audio recording device and a super 8 camera. the nature of analog film harkens back to a time when you couldn't see the image that you recorded immediately and so, again, this act of slowing down, perhaps to observe and listen more carefully was an intentional part of the documentation process.
community members helped document the whole process learning how to use a super 8 camera and an audio recording device.
the film was hand processed using the caffenol developing process and digitized simply by projecting onto a white wall. the interviews of Jimmy, conducted by the youngest participants of the workshop, became the spine of the finished film.
this video will soon be updated with images of the completed panels!
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