Eccentric Artist & Child
with photographer Pam Taylor & performance artist Juanita Bosman
I haven’t been creative since my husband and I started having to look for a new place to move to nearly a year ago. So, when photographer and performance artist Juanita Bosman approached me about the possibility of doing another photo shoot together with masks, The Artist and The Child archetypes seemed the perfect pair to start getting back into a creative groove with.
My Eccentric Artist mask is all about using what is on hand to mix and match and use to create what-so-ever one aspires to. And the Magical Child mask carries all the child-like tendencies towards playfulness, openness, and wonder. So was the perfect spot to experiment in to bring these two masks to life. Artists Michael Khan and Leda Livant, who originally built the three-acre Eliphante wonderland, were masters of turning trash into treasure. Their entire wondrous site, built on for over 28 years, was constructed 100% with reused, recycled, and found objects of every sort.
What struck me most during our morning together with the Artist and Child, were the similarities between the two archetypes. In many ways, the Artist felt like a grown up version of the Child. They were both masters of the improvisational pillars of “Yes, And.” If one suggested something, the other would immediately jump in and then add their own flair.
Cooperatively and with a spirit of trust and sense of wonder, the Artist and Child discovered and repurposed lost and found objects and harmoniously worked and played. They explored artist phenomenal Feathered Serpent sculpture as if it were a jungle gym-like spider web that wove interconnectivity. They composed piano concertos to sooth and move the soul. They rescued the endangered pink flamingo-penguin. They turned a barren stove top into an inspiring work of art--and re-imagined one another’s skin color in the process. With the combined collaboration and input of photographer Pam Taylor, they exemplified the harmony possible with an attitude of openness and acceptance.
I’ve been obsessed lately with the state of the world and often have felt despondent about the myriad of obstacles that we’re facing culturally, socially, morally, environmentally, and spiritually too. The hope of building a better world is going to take some seriously creative imagining. It will require a lot of reinventing, taking what has been misused, abused, discarded, and lost, and experimenting our way into a new, never-before experienced future. This will require each one of us artistically focusing our inner and outer gifts and talents on efforts towards bringing new dreams to life.
Here’s to imagining the combined spirits of the Artist and Child entering into and inspiring a new, life-giving world order, inside and out!