ART & CULTURE in/with COMMUNITY
TWO DIARIES: Yes TWO diaries covering conNECKtedTOO.
TWO diaries to expose and nurture a network of TINY businesses, to show the beauty and challenges of the past, today and a future.
Jean-Marie Mauclet and Kit Loney are both visual artists and educators at heart. They know how to listen, look, read, challenge and fabricate.
They are community engaged with their own tools,
the ones they have developed over years of practice and their hopes for a meaningful social change. They act. They search.
As an artist/bookmaker, I will be making a collective journal/diary using drawing, painting, writing, and collage to respond to ten of the Tiny Businesses in this project. I am interested in various possibilities of book structures. Currently I am making house-shaped pages from recycled paper bag bottoms, units that, attached to one another, create an accordion book.
I aim to have this book be one hundred feet long by the Piccolo event. I am using a variety of media on these pages—pencil, color pencil, tempera, latex and acrylic paints, ink, and collage as I delve through the photos, sketches, and notes gathered during visits to and conversations with the businesses I am working with, Fresh Future Farm, Smitty’s Super Seven Barbershop, Poke San, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Rose Florist, Choice’s Gourmet Market & Deli, Lab the Barbershop, Family Barbershop, Singleton’s Paint & Body Shop, and Island Breeze.
Here is the way I see my diary’s function: it collects thoughts and materials as a reservoir would water. It dispenses them as vital substance for future experiments.
Never was this diary for literary purpose or a personal twitch. My diary finds its purpose aligning the conNECKtedTOO programs and activities with vision and mission. Making sure that there is purpose and relevance to what we do. So that no one can ask: “but what does this really do for my people?” Also, writing a diary makes me dig deeper into the implications of our principles and our actions to inspire further projects:
– build a network of meaningful relationships with local TINY BUSINESS entrepreneurs whose schedule is full to the brim
– grow a common language of empathy which connects them with our interracial, inter-generational and grassroots crew of local artists, activists, youth and educators. And how does this local dialect facilitate conversations, artworks, stories and histories, interactive tours, performances, walks, hunts … How in turn, does it coordinate with a larger imaginary on the scale of the world?
… It peaks as a song!
The “Bet on me – I bet on you” jingle says it all: local may be TINY but here to stay. TINY is powerful. TINY BUSINESS is the keeper of our memories, the holder of our future. Respect and support it!