transformation, art, gentleness, spaces [and a workshop!]

Sarah Lockwood has written beautifully about transformation, art and gentleness in the context of the UK trip here. These lines took my breath away:

Neto’s work spilled out of the walls of the gallery and into my world. I felt invited to be my whole self- all of my senses were engaged. The space lingered in me, and encouraged me to think in unfamiliar ways. My body knew that something had changed in me, but it took a while for my body to tell my brain about that shift.

It was only after a day that I started thinking about the violent language we usually use to describe our attempts at pioneering new ways of being. We talk about “cutting edge”, “forging ahead”, “pushing forward”, “breaking new ground”. We try to force others into new places…and then we are confused when these violent approaches are not embraced by the people in our worlds. Neto’s work shifted something in me, and helped me to acknowledge the violence in my own approach to change. Being in this space, I was able to feel, see, smell, taste and try on a gentler world…

Space seems to be a big theme at the moment. Someone told me about the Village Well over the weekend, and then by coincidence there was an article in today’s paper about Gilbert Rochecouste, who is the creator of the organisation. Village Well work with communities to create urban spaces around Victoria [currently in Dandenong, Ballarat city centre, Docklands - and Dubai, which isn't in Victoria!]… I love the list of what they do with communities. I think we try to do that in a temporary way with our installations – perhaps the challenge is out there to do something permanent…

And on a completely different tangent, I’m participating in a worship workshop at Traralgon UC in Gippsland on Saturday. This is for people in Gippsland presbytery, but i’m sure there’d be space for others too – email me if you want to know details. I’m curating a worship space, and doing two workshops on how to curate stations. The presbytery is chock-full of creative people, so I’m sure that the other workshop leaders will be brilliant…

Leave a Reply