This project was conceived in September 2015, and culminated in a show in March, 2016.
This show is over, but we are happy to announce that we raised $300.00 for the Easton Area Public Library. Thanks everyone for your support!
Intersections are formed when paths cross. It can be a street corner or a river confluence. It can be the lives of two strangers who pause in their daily journey to truly listen to one another. Sometimes, it's an intersection between two artists, and when that happens, a creative project is born.
"Intersections" is just such a creative project. Two artists, myself (Lauren Kindle) and my friend, Kate Brandes, are working together to paint ordinary streets, often overlooked, with the intention of opening up conversations that might not otherwise exist. Kate and I have known each other for years, but have only recently started collaborating. One of the "intersections" we are exploring is our own, as friends and artists. We try to push each other to develop our skills and move beyond our comfort zones.
Below is our description of our process for this project. (Although phrased in the present tense, this project is now concluded, and Kate and I are currently involved in a new collaboration.)
While I paint on-site, while the interview is going on, Kate does most of her portrait painting back in the studio. She spends a lot of time thinking about the people we meet, and allowing images to come to mind. In addition to a representational portrait, Kate also paints an "interview-portrait," which represents her visual sense of what they had to say about themselves: a painting of our shared human time. Inspiration for her "interview-portraits" are often based on her bond with the natural world.
Currently, we are focused on the community of Easton, Pennsylvania. We meet weekly to paint plein air style on street corners. While we work, we are usually approached by curious passersby. Our hope is that people will want to stop, have their portraits painted, and share a little bit of their life stories. We incorporate these stories into our paintings. Our premise is that Art can break down the walls that keep us separate. In the moments while we are painting, boundaries are lowered, and we can connect more deeply with our fellow human beings.
Proceeds from our show will benefit the Easton Library. We've chosen the library because it's a public space accessible to all Easton residents, and offers valuable resources to the community. And, as a building literally filled with books, the library is a perfect place for stories to be shared.