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Surface Displacements: A Book Celebration, Art Installation, Artist’s Talk, and Reception
This book celebration features an installation of digital art (poetry videos) by Sheila Packa, Kathy McTavish, and Sarah Pajunen. Wendy Durrwachter has a video of her musical composition for a poem. Leslie Hughes, textile artist, will display quilts that she made for poems. “Sometimes an encounter with certain artworks, music, or images of others can open a door and trigger a procession of images, associations, and reveries. This installation is a collection of work that reflects such encounters.”
Organizers invite the audience to participate:
Consider the writings or art that you are drawn by or struck by or moved by. Write an ekphratic poem (one that describes a work of visual art and expands its meaning). Or, alternately, choose an element to borrow from the other creator’s poem/art/or music: a pattern, a tone, a topic, a dilemma, a force, or an effect. It’s like an almost invisible connection that you are making to another’s work. Write your own details in your own landscape, based your own experience with the borrowed element. Bring the poem (and be sure to indicate the work that inspired it) and it will be placed on a table during the installation.
About the book:
For the preservation of wilderness and among many searching for home, this poet travels through mine pits and waterways vulnerable to environmental contamination and climate change in Minnesota, where the Northern Continental Divide crosses the Laurentian Divide and creates three watersheds that flow into the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, and Hudson Bay. These images capture the beauty of the north, and these stories, historical and contemporary, honor the resilience of people who arrive or are displaced, whose language is replaced by another language, and who find a fluid space full of risk and possibility. The photograph on the cover of the book is from Sara Pajunen’s Mine Songs.
Sheila Packa is a fiscal year 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the MSAB arts and cultural heritage fund. This event also has been made possible by past grants from the Finlandia Foundation National and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.