Each chain in Translations: chains of positive energy (c.o.p.e.) was started by someone offering a word/phrase/quote that describes a quality or mindset they have that allows them to move forward through these challenging times. The word was then sent to another artist to "translate" into their own modality. Once complete, that new artwork was sent to a different artist to translate into a different modality, and on and on, with each artist ONLY seeing the one translation immediately prior to their own. They artists did NOT see the reflections written by the previous artist, only the image of the work and the title. The reflections were revealed only when the chain was complete. The seven links in the completed chain are a nod to the seven days in each week that feel so long right now. Below is one complete chain - beginning with a word, and ending with a word, and translated through various art forms in between. Enjoy!
Link 1: Comfort, submitted by Robin Kahn
Link 2: Untitled, mixed media collage submitted by Michele A.
Artist Reflection: The word “comfort” made me think of being safe at home, drinking my favorite cup of tea.
Link 3: Ocean of Love, rubber block print submitted by Anne Nydam
Artist Reflection: The previous piece had the very warm, cozy color and texture of the wool, and I was thinking about what surrounds me with coziness and comfort, especially a blanket and a mug of hot tea… But there is a little, subtle fish shape in the fiber, which brought to mind the image of an ocean of love. The thought of an octopus holding tea, a purring cat, and various things to symbolize coziness and love made me smile, and I hope it brings a smile to others, as well.
Link 4: Nautilus of Care, poem submitted by Maryrose Flanigan
Artist Reflection: My process was to do one draft looking at the source artwork and then a couple of subsequent drafts with just the memory of it. I tried to embed as many references to the source material as possible to stay true to it instead of using it as just a jumping-off point.
Link 5: Transformation, charcoal drawing submitted by Jody Bron Washatko
Artist Reflection: What I felt after reading the Poem was Transformation! From the pain of inequality, the voice of reasoning, truth, and compassion emerges.
Link 6: Transition, photograph submitted by Gary Alpert
Artist Reflection: In the charcoal piece sent to me I saw a human going through a physical transformation. This led me to think about my past and how I have changed as a person, both physically and mentally. Everyday our environment changes- temperature, clouds, sun, rain, snow and so forth. These changes affect all of us as humans. This photograph was taken in the early morning as a blizzard was brewing and soon to hit the coast of Massachusetts. I arrived before the first flake fell and I walked in silence, collecting my thoughts, reflecting on where I had been and where I wish to go. With this photo I was able to capture the transition time between peaceful snow and full force blizzard.
Link 7: Points of light, submitted by Julie Vanek
Artist Reflection: The many spots of light draw my attention right away as I look at this photograph. The spots are intensified in their brightness, perhaps because they are right on the camera lens or made brighter by being photographed through a window. These bright spots of light made me think of "points of light," that we need to both find and be, in our world today.