This past Friday, I went to Fayetteville St in downtown Raleigh to see the beginning of SPARKcon. Walking down the street, I saw the artists beginning their chalk drawings for the street painting. It was great talking to the young artists who were out there and excited about art.
After the street artists, I got to see the Artist Pods. artSPARK rented P.O.D.s that were used for artist installations by Julia Gartrell, Ann Marie Kennedy, Stacey L. Kirby, Kelly Murray, and Matthew Zigler. i got the chance to speak with Stacey about her installation. It was great to be a part of her work and to see what “belongings” people carried with them.
Just to explain…participants filled out a form (similar to a customs declaration form) where they listed everything they had on them. However, in Stacey’s installation, a “belonging” ranged from your chapstik to a feeling. When I finished filling out my declaration form, I was instructed to file it alphabetically and was then given permission to sift through and see what others had brought with them.