This Land is My Land

Woodie Guthrie wrote This Land Is Your Land in 1940 as a sarcastic response to the overplayed God Bless America by Irving Berlin.  The original lyrics included two lost verses. The song was recorded and released in the early 50s, during the days of McCarthyism, and the lines were excluded, a decision made by others. In solidarity with women across the nation, this is my sarcastic response to these times, to claim our position of equality in this land. During this time of upheaval and division, Guthrie’s words remain timely for many reasons. This land is your land, this land is my land.

“There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me. The sign was painted, said ‘Private Property.’ But on the backside, it didn’t say nothing. This land was made for you and me.”

“One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple, by the relief office I saw my people. As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if God Blessed America for me.”

KISS FEAR at BONFIRE Gallery

Mapping Time counts gun deaths in the course of a three-month exhibit. Each Sunday one candle was lit to honor a life taken from gun violence in the US that week (excluding suicide). Approximately 3500 candles were lit. The sage or goddess of hope sits above the USmap overseeing the tragedy. Offering a place of refuge within her heart, the opening contains a video of waves lapping slowed to the rhythm of a heartbeat.

KISS FEAR is a multimedia exhibit with poetry, sculpture, video, and performance by poet Daemond Arrindell and artists Mary Coss and Holly Ballard Martz that presents touching, powerful and sometimes darkly humorous ruminations on America’s weapon of choice, guns. Supported in part by a grant from 4Culture.

Thank you Big Freak Media for writing an Artist Spotlight on Mary Coss and KISS FEAR  You can read it here

Review of show at CityArts

 

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Ripple Affect work in progress

In collaboration with SEEDarts, I have been contracted as Lead Artist to work on an art plan to integrate art into a community development in Tukwila, WA.  I am excited to be working on a  sculpture integrated into the downspout system at the Tukwila Village Community Center.  The water feature incorporates proverbs about water, written in wax rope and cast in bronze to form the outer sleeve of the vessel. Inside is a watercarrier cast in resin and lit within. The work is currently at Two Ravens foundry for casting, to be installed in late August.