As ArtPrize Nine comes to an end, I can't help but feel so happy, lucky, and just appreciative. When I first started this project it was really all about me and my own human experience. I had no idea it would grow, expand, spiral and become OUR human experience.
The project felt like diary entries. Some revolved around deep intimate feelings, while others incorporated the simple joys - like exercising for the first time in months. And isn't that what being a human is all about? The intimate, philosophical moments, and the seemingly simple joys.
When I finally arrived in Grand Rapids, MI last week to see the work all together at Light Gallery + Studio it really hit me. These images, these diary entries, these experiences....were a culmination of me and you.
Me - a 27 year old woman in Chicago.
You - a mother, a father, an activist, a 90 year old woman, a dreamer, young, old, tall, short, etc.
Different ethnicities. Different origins. So many differences, and yet when I look at the work, it just belongs together. We belong together. Because we are all humans navigating this world and when I looked at all 100 pieces on that wall it hit me more than ever that you are me, and I am you.
As these pieces are sold and make their way out into the world, I hope you remember that they (you) are not alone and that they are part of a much bigger story. Our story.
Those that submitted stories and let me share a glimpse of their life. This is your project as much as it is mine.
Light Gallery + Studio for the opportunity
Helen Flores for being the best marketing rep
My amazing friends and family who keep supporting my crazy projects.