Kinfolk: An Interactive Contemplation Through Visuals and Sound
By Jenna Ann MacGillis & Robert Mason
Installation Run: Nov. 8-21, 2014
Participation is invited on November 8 from 6-8:30PM at Space 4 Art
Viewing and educational tours by appointment only - contact Jenna Ann MacGillis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Closing Celebration: 6-8PM, November 21 (enter at 340 16th Street)
Witching for graves is a gift I wish I had. At Cainsville Cemetery, standing atop my ancestors' grave site in farm country Missouri, my first witching attempt was a small disappointment. Instead of crossing or tilting furtively downward at the site of an unmarked grave, the wire in my hand either fell limp or refused to move at all.
My first installment of Kinfolk, comprised of three totems, with sound design by collaborator Robert Mason, is a task toward gathering just a few of my relations. My faith in using familiar sounds, objects, and basic materials (rope, paper, and glue) to construct symbolic representations of my heritage is my best attempt at waking the dead and inviting them to the party. Present and past meet at the crossroads of everyday gestures, the sweeping away of time. Passages found in my grandmother's schoolhouse primer remind me that the principles of hard work—cultivating and planting, gratitude, empathy, and sharing—are common threads, ever pressing in the here and now on my corner of 16th and J.
- Jenna Ann MacGillis
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jenna Ann MacGillis, Creator of Desperate Characters of Mercer County, is an artist and long time resident of Space4Art. Her work plays with the limitations of common everyday materials to both imagine and materialize the invisible, unspoken, forgotten, lost, and long ago.
Robert Mason is a Sound Designer and owner of Doghouse Productions, a San Diego based audio production company. His passion lies in revealing the beauty of pure sound, and the power of it's synergy with the other senses.