In Relation

Kalamazoo Friends Meeting - May 2019

The arts installation is dedicated to Right Relationship, connecting care of the Earth and human community. Its inspiration arises from the ministry carried by Mey Hasbrook. Displays take place as able. See gallery below.

Kalamazoo Friends Meeting, May 2019. Photo by Kathy Ossmann.

This project is ongoing. The artwork began in 2018 in the US, the UK, and Ireland. In 2019, visitations are between the US and England. Most events are among Quakers (see Travel Minute) and sometimes with the public.

In Relation combines mobiles, natural objects, and mixed media. The work’s current stage of development include sections of “The Garden” (mobiles), “The Grandmothers” (mobiles + floor object), and “Water” (floor objects). More stages are being designed including multimedia.

The process for growing the installation is multi-stepped. Mey has created a series of art objects. Some items have been prepped for use with groups. Artist-only and group objects are combined in varied arrangements. The wider installation is made from multiple sections of many objects, while a demo version combines fewer items.

Affordable and environmentally-friendly materials are featured: nontoxic media (watercolor, crayons); found objects and re-used items (puzzles, game pieces); beeswax (encaustic medium) and natural items (milkweed, seeds). Also used from Peru are handmade plant papers and alpaca yarn.

Updated July 18, 2019.