During the Month of October artist Jane Gilmor worked with the under-sheltered in CU at three area organizations; Courage Connection operating a domestic violence emergency shelter and a women’s shelter, The Daily Bread soup kitchen serving meals over 200 meals a day, and The Phoenix a drop-in center.
In these workshops we created drawings and writings on metal foil based on visualizations and memories of a “place”. The place might be real or imagined, from past or present. Often in their representation of a place, individuals seemed dealing with a psychological space.
[a remembered space]
Close your eyes and try to remember a specific space where you may have lived early in your life.
What did it look like: furniture, windows, floor, ceiling, and doors.
What did it smell, sound, feel like?
How did you feel in that space?
Make a sketch of the space then write about your drawing.
[seeing my heart, or, home is where the heart is]
Close your eyes and put your hand on your heart. Imagine you can see, as well as feel it, in your chest.
What does it look like? Feel like? Sound like?
Now imagine it jumps out of your body and onto the table, then the floor! It gets bigger and bigger! It is as big as you are! Now you can see every detail, every vein, every tunnel and every movement - every edge inside and out.
Pick a point on your heart and, with your eyes closed, draw around your heart with your marker on the metal in front of you. Follow every edge.
Now, open your eyes and continue drawing, then write about what you have drawn.