Drawing From The Wound Collective
Drawing From The Wound is an art collective comprised of seven Houston-based representational artists. We are creating an exhibition focusing on three topics: Grief, Apology, and Healing.
Living in the fourth largest and most diverse city in the country, we are witnesses to the polarization of our nation. We exist in a time of contradiction, fractured thought, misleading information, an epidemic of loneliness, and in many cases, alienation from neighbors and families. Our collective is inspired by Brené Brown’s, “The Call To Courage”, and Eve Ensler’s book The Apology. (In it, Ensler explores how to construct an apology), and Jenny Odell’s book, How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Topics of grief, apology and healing are urgent conversations to be explored without hesitation. Visual art allows the perfect forum to discuss these complex topics.
Drawing From The Wound will foster reflection and healing through a sincere approach to the human condition. Our exhibition is not sentimental or precious. Instead, the artwork we are creating stems from raw personal experiences as individuals. Our reflections range from the recent loss of a suffering mother, to watching a best friend die during a natural disaster. Our stories are a collective tapestry of what it means to be human. Our work weaves together vulnerability, strength, and humor. By sharing personal narratives within our community, we aim to diminish loneliness and isolation, creating an atmosphere of healing while fostering conversations of these oftentimes taboo cultural topics.
All artists have begun crafting three flash non-fiction written works, each under 800 words. These writings address grief, apology, and healing. The refined and edited works are the scaffolding for our visual artwork to be completed prior to August 2020. Each artwork begins with the artist physically writing their stories onto supports of their choice (paper, canvas, fabric or wood). Then, the artists will illustrate, paint, collage and convey their personal narratives into representational visual artworks. The initial writing may be obscured, hidden, revealed, or the focus of the final work of art.
To make this exhibition more ruminative and immersive, we are creating a podcast viewers can listen to while exploring the artwork. Professional actors will perform our writing and a producer will score a soundscape interwoven with the reading. In total, we will have 21 works of art, each with an optional accompanying audio podcast. We will print our stories for the public to read, and offer an educational component for the community. Within our art collective are art instructors who can lead lectures and workshops on illustrating lyrical short stories through painting or drawing.
While we value our artwork as individual artists, our voices are more powerful when working together to fearlessly share our experiences of grief, apology and healing face-to-face with our community.