Corazones de Te Fiti
My son loves the Disney movie Moana, I am not sure if his level of obsession is "normal" behaviour for a toddler so let's say he is infatuated instead. If you haven't seen the movie, the hero Moana finds the demigod Maui to restore the heart (corazón in Spanish) of Te Fiti and save the world.
For the first Artist Residency in Motherhood project I have been taking quick photos of all the objects/shapes that for William are representations of the "corazón de Te Fiti" as shown in the image on the right.
This collaboration is great for so many reasons. Firstly I get to see the world through my 2.5 yr old sons' eyes. Sometimes the object is a corazón simply because it fits nicely in his palm, sometimes it is because it is shiny, other times it is a corazón because it is green but 85% of the time it is because of the spiral shape.
Spirals can be found everywhere in nature. A benefit of this project is we both stop to observe and appreciate what is around us, something I think we should strive to do more of as adults. Another interesting aspect of the collaboration, if you stick with the spiral theme, is the symbolism of this shape. A quick google search and you come up with this interesting page by Catherine Beyer who writes,
"Spirals are some of the oldest geometric shapes in ancient artwork dating back at least to the Neolithic period"
As spirals are more naturally occurring in nature than straight edge shapes they are seen as primal. We associate spirals with life cycles and cyclical forces of nature making this shape a positive symbol of change. Maybe William likes the spiral because on some unconscious mathematical level he is drawn to the Fibonacci Sequence. I am subsequently researching and learning from this experience, yet another positive aspect to the project.
My next question which I direct to those with more curatorial backgrounds - what is the best way to present this collaboration to others once it is complete? In this technological era and social media forward society, is it even necessary to showcase the work other than virtually? What impact does it have if I print the photos and exhibit them in a gallery space or gather the objects together and present them as sculptural objects?
While I ponder these questions, I do notice more spirals in my sketches which is nice because according to Taino Age this shape is also a symbol for creation and growth - overarching themes of this residency.