April in New England always brings the Boston Marathon into our lives. This year is the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Attleboro Arts Museum has invited some wonderful artists to share their personal interpretations with a wide theme to commemorate.
April 10 – May 5, 2018
Invited artists were asked to submit original artwork in all mediums, sizes, and concepts that examine:
Enduring energy and resilience, The landscape and icons of the race route, Loyal and encouraging spectators, Product design (wheelchair, prosthetic, running shoes, gear, other), The community of – and comradery between – runners, A Boston tradition since 1897, Hydration, nutrition, routines, training, injuries, The physical form of runners, Women join the Marathon, The Wheelchair Division, The profound impact of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Watertown, shelter-in-place, the vital first responders, and Boston Strong
The exhibition includes my new artist’s book, Want, Wanting, Wanted, 2018. The large-scale Flag Book structure features hand-marbled papers with repeating text and 2 black funeral armbands for closures. With multiple display options, the artist’s book has a closed size of 8 x 22.5 inches and reaches to more than 7 feet when fully opened.
Top athletes make a conscious choice to sacrifice, to struggle, and to reach to the depths of their endurance, strength, and even beauty to win the race. With such an enormous “Want” comes both the “Wanting” and the “Wanted”. The prize may seem lacking for those left behind or become an obsession for others. In my journey of conceptualization, the flag book structure provided the perfect roadway for this race. Rows of racers, spectators, barriers, hurdles. They push and pull forward in this unfinished marathon. The paper designs are traditional Turkish Marbling with several rounds of over-marbling which show the throngs of the crowd, the blood, sweat, and tears, and the painful, determined beauty of this narrative.