Column: Artist to Artist
Invitation to Inspiration
by Lisa Lamoreaux
An artist friend invited me to participate in an art project for her local public library It was a deeply intriguing subject and project: Artists had to create a piece of 3-dimensional artwork incorporating an actual copy of a "banned and censored" book.
Even though this came at a particularly busy time for me, I found myself saying YES!
the daily tasks of life should
After all, the daily tasks (mundane or otherwise) of running my business/household/life should not eclipse those activities that "feed my soul".
Sarah Lovett - “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Censorship into Art: Banned Books Display
When I saw the book was Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mocking Bird", at once I heaved a sigh of relief that the piece was "safe"... and a mood of seriousness took over upon realizing this Pulitzer Prize literary work of art was "banned" from the public eye.
As I looked closer at Lovett's piece, I was encouraged to pick up the bird and hold it. It had the floppy soft quality one would associate with a deceased bird. The paper bits that comprised the feathers of this tiny inspired creature, began to come into focus. What I saw stopped me in my tracks....they were the story of the book, minus the "ugly" words and profanity for which this book is known (and subsequently censored for).
I then closely examined the book, and marveled at how meticulously the artist had cut out all the text except the "ugly" words, revealing an intriguing three dimensional web, behind which a spooky shadowy face emerges.
Viewing these letters and words in this context, it occurred to me that I myself am impacted by the "meaning" these words have for me, and the history of them in my culture.
I noticed the switch inside myself From casually and objectively viewing a beautiful and provocative piece of art... to being personally engaged in a conflict with the meaning these words carry... and the reality that these words have the capacity to hurt.
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