So tonight I passed out more envelopes for “Write me for Art” backstage at the Opera- to all sorts of people from the top of the production down- makeup dept, dressers, chorus and others who will remain unsung as it were. I’m very pleased with this project so far. I’m getting new mail coming in every day from all over the country and outside it!
I’m enjoying the exchange with people when they see me working on the project (as at the Opera) and ask me about it. I then get to explain and hear their reactions and give them an envelop. I like having people actually see the care that I put into each person’s words as I embroider them so that they know how their words will be treated.
I made sure to pass some out at the airports in Chicago and New York, on the planes, in the shops… I pass them to waitresses and cab drivers, on buses… wherever I can to as many different kinds of people as I can. So far I’m personally passed them out in Vermont, New York (twice), Chicago, New Hampshire, Boston, and SF. Friends have taken them to Chicago, Iowa and Maine. I’ve even gotten one or two in strange envelopes from out of the country which may have begun here online.
I do not want to comment on the sorts of responses I’ve gotten and how they relate to the project, but believe me, I’m thinking about it plenty.
Tonight I also started blocking out the files for the machine-embroidered versions of each response. As I get more responses I’m starting to get images of how I want to put them together as an installation.
PS: If you were wondering how or why I was backstage at the Opera it’s because I’m on stilts in the SF Opera’s production of Mephistopheles. I’m a supernumerary , which is the Opera way of saying “extra”, but we get called “supers”, which I love. I did it because I can and because these are the things that feed my art- a life rich with varied experience. In this case I think this particular stilting experience may have spawned a new participatory piece- I’m still thinking it through.
*If you want to be included in “Write me for Art” follow the link.