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: Many things can be true at the same time, submitted by Gavi Elkind
Link 2: Multiplicity, pencil and watercolor submitted by Anna Dalnes
Artist Reflection: I began by playing with many lines across the page as a way to envision many truths at the same time. As they crossed and curved, their interactions created shapes and spaces that I did not intend. When I added watercolor, a landscape emerged as one image. This process surprised me, and reminded me how the coming together and co-mingling of each of our truths is what creates our bigger picture, our larger communities.
Link 3: Echoes Over Mirrors, photograph submitted by John Nordell
Artist Reflection: In the prior image, the reflection was not mirror accurate. What is beneath the surface of things is infinitely complex. The tip of the iceberg. This image combines two versions of the same in-camera multiple exposure. The straight edge line in the middle is the meeting point of the two images. One is upside down compared to the other. Which way is up these days?
Link 4: Reflection in time, piano improvisation submitted by Lilly Kinas
Artist Reflection: My piano improvisational piece is a self reflection and a reflection of this time in our country. I see this photo and my improv as a whole but also divided into three sections. The left side, our topsy turvy world where the sky is the lake and the lake the sky is the questioning section. In the middle of the photo, the dark green trees reflects intense, angry, painful times. The section to the right where the trees stand tall reaching towards the sky signifies hope, change and yearning for a better and JUST tomorrow.
Link 5: Messages from the Field, mixed media collage submitted by Erica Curcio
Artist Reflection: The previous piano chain had me thinking about circles and sharp angles. I think it was striking difference between what felt like harsh notes and smooth sounds. It wasn't until I started to look for images in magazines that the thoughts of soldiers and war came to my mind. We are all fighting this crisis as essential warriors.
Link 6: ONE drop, digital image submitted by Michele Simos
Artist Reflection: I saw drops in the previous artwork and an image of a person in the background. Together, I felt they told the story of where we are now relative to COVID and racial justice. While it may sound trite, I believe we are ONE. We are interdependent human beings who are deserving of respect and dignity. If each one of us helped one other person, we would be able to solve the problems that plague us.
Link 7: Step by step, together, we have the power to affect great change, submitted by Pete Sperber
Artist Reflection: As I viewed this piece, I was struck by the relationship of the small to the large, both individually and societally. How, for every person, each new thing we learn changes us and helps us grow into hopefully better and better informed people. Even one small interaction we experience can have a great impact on how we subsequently view things and choose to act. Similarly, when we, as a society, are able combine our individual views and opinions, to harness our collective striving to improve our world and join together to channel our efforts, the potential impact we can have is immense...