Sarah Greenbaum presents a three part series of paintings and drawings about waste and the pollution in and around the Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and how human activity has been the dominant influence on the environment.
“A good way to stop all the doing is to shift into the ‘being’ mode for a moment. Think of yourself as an eternal witness, as timeless. Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all. What is happening? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you hear?…Nothing happens next. This is it.”
Wherever You Go, There You Are
In this workshop, we will learn how to live and grow artistically through granting mindful attention to the cacophonous web of imperfections that weave through our bodies, cities, and lives.
In Japanese Zen Buddhism, the term wabi sabi represents the practice of finding beauty in life’s inherent imperfections. Guided by this philosophy, the workshop will present an array of creative tools for integrating mindfulness and meditation into one’s artistic practice, and greater scope of life.
The workshop organizer, Zoey Hart, explores the aesthetics of organic imperfection through printmaking artifact collection and multimedia collage processes. Inspired by the unfolding adventures of her own chronic autoimmunity, Hart seeks to merge internal and external realities through the depiction and distortion of biological and environmental landscapes.
Workshop activities will include (but are not limited to):
meditative drawing / artifact alteration / site-based sound collage / color studies / scribbling / documenting / examining / breaking / mending / stretching / questioning / seeing / feeling a bit / creating
Using artifacts and photographs documenting familiar spatial imperfections of urban life (cracks in buildings, crumbling sidewalk, worn out street signs, etc.), participants will begin to use new tools and methods of creative mindfulness to reframe the notion of perfection, and how to accept ourselves and the spaces we inhabit.
If you have any questions related to the workshop, please contact to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please RSVP in order to confirm your participation. Ticket price includes materials