i've been busy for the past month or so working on a new installation. i was hoping i'd have a title for it by now, but perhaps the title won't come to me until it is completely finished. i am still in the midst of finishing it up and tying up loose ends (literally!), but i wanted to share a bit about the piece and to invite you to the event that it will be a part of.
back in December 2015, my family and i started attending an Anglican Church in the area, Church of the Cross. shortly after, i was asked by the Director of Music if i would be interested in being a part of their Easter Vigil. i had not attended an Anglican Church before, so i wasn't too familiar with an Easter Vigil. here is a short description of the Easter Vigil from the Rector of Church of the Cross:
Easter is the highest point of the Christian year because we celebrate Jesus's resurrection, his victory over death and his gift of eternal life to us through his sacrifice on the cross. The Vigil begins with the new fire of the paschal candle, representing the light of Christ’s resurrection in the midst of death’s darkness. In the light of that resurrection, the story of God's redemption is told through numerous Scripture readings with various creative responses to those readings building up to a full declaration of the fact that Christ is risen. Historically, the Easter Vigil, since it commemorated the moment of Christ’s resurrection, was also the ideal time to baptize new Christians. During the Vigil, Christians renewed their own baptismal vows alongside those who were being baptized, and then they welcomed the newly baptized into the Church to join the followers of Jesus in sharing the eucharistic feast of the risen and glorified Lamb of God.
there will be original poetry, music, dance performances, a choir and art :) interwoven with the Scripture readings.
i want to tell you a little bit about my installation, but not too much as it is a small part of a much bigger piece and i'd like you, if you are able, to come and experience the whole event. after i figured out what i wanted to create, we asked the congregation of Church of the Cross to bring in plastic water bottles. many many thanks to everyone that brought in those bottles! and then, there's my husband who went dumpster diving for me so that i'd have enough bottles! i couldn't ask for a better partner in crime. :)
i have now cut almost 200 plastic water bottles. i have become very familiar with the many brands, the varying thickness of the plastics, the textures that attract light in different ways.
there were moments when i questioned my own sanity in thinking up this project. all the cutting and stringing often left me wishing i had hands like Edward Scissorhands.
here are the details for the Easter Vigil at Church of the Cross:
Easter Vigil, March 26, 8:30-11:30 pm at Ruggles Baptist Church
after March 26, i will share more about the process and the thought behind my piece. i do hope you will join me that evening!