Drawing 1: “So Called – The Collective Paths of the Westminster Chapel Community”
Drawing 2: “So Named – The Collective Paths of the Westminster Chapel Community”
For the past year, I have been collaborating on an art project with Westminster Chapel through a year long process with the Cascadia Residency program.
In April 2017, I was introduced to the Westminster community, through the production of a video and in person during Sunday services. Through the assistance of the church, we created and handed out ‘Path Cards’ – in which people were invited to share the paths and places they go during the week. From this collected information, I created artworks that seek to reveal the collective ways the church lives and moves throughout the neighborhoods, cities, and places we all inhabit. Over 200 Path Cards were received, and two large drawings were created, representing the Eastside neighborhoods of Western Washington, primarily the cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Mercer Island.
The first drawing represents each path or location (roughly) named in each Path Card. The second incorporates places “named” by people by drawing in their written notes in the Path Cards, placed in a roughly geographic manner, revealing collective expressions of these places.
My hope and intent with these drawings is that the church can see how our actions and conversations and places we go work to define this place we live in and share. The paths we take to the places we go and interact with others become the thread that weaves together the fabric of the place.