Watching people’s reactions to “The Waiting Room: Lost and Found” has been a journey. The most common thing that people said to us was “This is powerful.” And it is. Art isn’t always about something beautiful, because life isn’t always beautiful. Sometimes life is terrifying. When we are waiting for a test result, we fear the worst. Art lets us express what it is to be human. It lets us share those feelings of fear, and find others who have lived through it too.
Sharing stories was a big part of “The Waiting Room”. People told us about their struggles with disease, with depression, with family members who struggled. “The Waiting Room” had some very sad, very raw elements. I think, too, that it was also empowering. Knowing that you are not the only one facing a fear is reassuring. Reaching out to other people builds strength.
“Threading Body and Space” will also include elements that are about healing. Carol Ann Carter’s works use cloth as a metaphor for skin, tears and stitches as a metaphor for scars. As she sews, she layers cloth over other cloth, sometimes like bandages. Her intention is different than the collaborative artists of “The Waiting Room”. Carter’s layers hide messages, hide objects and symbols. Her work might be more about healing in terms
of communication and relationships, rather than about facing a specific disease. And this is also very human.
Carol Ann Carter’s exhibit opens April 6, 2012, at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. She will be here for the First Friday Artwalk, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. She will give an artist’s talk Sunday, April 29, 2 – 3:30 pm in the Marvin Auditorium.