School of Art Design and Art History

Art Exhibit: Moved by Water

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00 AM - Fri, 2 Dec 2016 4:00 PM

Boat from Moved by Water exhibit

MOVED BY WATER; A two-part exhibition by Nicole Salimbene
GALLERY TALK: Mon., Oct 24th, 4:30PM

Washington, D.C. based artist, Nicole Salimbene, takes an interdisciplinary approach in her two-part exhibition, Moved By Water. The exhibition encourages contemplation and conversation on the significance of water in the ecology of our lives. Through reflection and mindfulness practice, it seeks to make a connection between developing an internal empathic relationship to water with the need to take external actions to change how we live on the planet.

Part 1: At The Water Table

Oct 24th- Dec 2nd, M-F, 11AM to 4PM
New Image Gallery (131 Grace St, inside artWorks Gallery),  

On view in the New Image Gallery, At The Water Table (2016) is an interactive installation allowing viewers to witness and participate in a sitting meditation with the intention of reflecting on water. Entering in the gallery, visitors may write on paper then place into containers the name of a water source providing them with nourishment, solace, joy, renewal or memories — or the name of a place experiencing a water crisis. The seated meditation takes place at a low table constructed to hold test tubes filled with water from Blacks Run, which flows alongside the gallery; it also serves as a reminder to reflect back on water when the mind wanders. Viewers sit on the cushions surrounding the table for as long as they feel comfortable. The act of being still and focusing attention on this one element hopes to provoke deep listening and dialogue on greater awareness and care for the water that sustains all of us.

Part 2: Knowing Your Water

Oct 24th- Nov. 11th
Duke Critique Space (Grace St entrance of Duke Hall)

On view in the Duke Critique Space, Knowing Your Water (2015) is a sculpture constructed from a salvaged 16-foot Mad River Canoe transformed into a lit vessel with an illuminated cover of hand-stitched photographic negatives. Surrounding the canoe are rows of test tubes, holding water collected from river, lake and ocean waters that have been the source of nourishment for the artist throughout her life. The intimacy of the memories embedded in the photos represent a capturing of the relationships that sustain as well. Both are a way of holding time for examination, a chance to consider and change course before being carried toward our destination.

An essay in Alice Walker’s We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For influenced this work, mainly a poem she quotes by the Hopi Elders of Oraibi, Arizona. The poem and essay alert us to awaken to the eleventh hour and the need to understand the practices that will support each of us during difficult times. As an environmental call to action, it asks us to gather ourselves—know our gardens, our waterways and our communities. On reflection, the following path of inquiry flowed from this reimagined canoe and gathered water: How well do we know our most essential and fundamental companion, water? What if we treated water in a way that is as sacred to us as our family and friends? If we were to do this, how would we respond to our waters as they are abused and destroyed?

CFI Workshop

Nicole Salimbene is also presenting a CFI WORKSHOP FOR JMU FACULTY: Opening Your Creativity on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Madison Union room 208 Clubhouse.

How can engaging in a creative practice support academic scholarship? In this workshop, Nicole Salimbene introduces Art as a contemplative practice to enrich scholarship. Nicole will lead participants in a series of writing and art exercises introducing the practice of keeping a visual journal as a tool for reflection, self-inquiry, and meditation. No prior art skills are necessary. This is not an art class to learn traditional representational art skills, but it is an invitation to open creative potential and conquer the barriers to productivity. Nicole has created a unique method for using the artistic process to gain clarity and mindfulness, and she has brought this approach to various academic disciplines and professional associations to enrich vocational wellness.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes: Using contemplative practice exercises to enhance scholarly productivity; Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes; Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education, and Enhancing scholarly productivity.

Facilitator: Nicole Salimbene, B.A. English, University of Northern Colorado (visiting artist)

Partner/Sponsor: Corinne Diop, School of Art, Design and Art History

This workshop is capped at 20 participants, so JMU faculty-- register now!!


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