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The "Talking Cure" is a multi-media exhibition integrating assemblage sculpture, contemporary literature, and smartphone technology.
The "Talking Cure" is a multi-media exhibition integrating assemblage sculpture, contemporary literature, and smartphone technology.
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Support the "Talking Cure," an exhibition integrating mixed material sculpture, contemporary literature, and audio technology. The exhibition is scheduled to open in Seattle in March and in New York City in 2013.

The project title, "The Talking Cure," takes its name from Sigmund Freud’s original description of psychoanalysis. The exhibition will consist of ten of my sculptures each accompanied by an interactive audio track created by a literary collaborator. My sculptures will be fabricated figures combining mixed materials, found objects, deeply drawn surfaces, and an abundance of personality. Seeing and saying, thinking and talking, will cure all your problems!

I have asked ten writers- poets, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights- to each chose a sculpture to which they relate most intimately. Each is writing his or her imagined monologue of the goings on in the sculpture's mind. These will then be transformed into audio recordings. A QR tag will accompany each sculpture. When the viewer points a Smartphone, Blackberry or I-Phone reading device at the QR tag it will trigger audio to hear the inner voice of the sculpture.

I have long been fascinated by what goes on in people’s minds when they look at art. What stories do they tell themselves? What emotions and memories are triggered? My work has always been psychological in nature. In the past I have made shows that deal explicitly with memory, childhood and family. By definition these subjects have a strong psychological bent. I am as interested in what others think the pieces are “saying” as in what has motivated me to make them.

In this project we will have a chance to hear what others think goes on in the minds of my sculptural “people."

Viewers will also have the opportunity to record their own imagined interior monologue for each sculpture. These will be available for playback listening drawing everyone into my universe and me into theirs. Viewers will be creators as well as receivers of the back-story for each sculpture.

I believe strongly that this groundbreaking integration of both old school and new media, literary and literal voices, and Smartphone technology will make for a multi-media project that will move and incite viewers.

Kickstarter support will enable me to make this project a reality in two ways:

-First, I will be able to buy the small amount of equipment needed to record and edit the monologues in a professional way.

-Second, I would like to create a limited edition book that chronicles the project and serve as a permanent record. It will contain all of the authors' monologues as well as photographs and drawings that relate to the sculptures. It will stand on its own as a work of art. 

I am already deep into the project. Sculptures are made, writers are writing, and the cure is on its way. I'll be updating the process on my blog.

For folks new to Kickstarter, it's an all or nothing proposition. Please spread the word so I can reach and exceed my goal! Thank you in advance.

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    A copy of a limited edition ( 50) etching and hand-painted watercolor entitled Toe Touch. Print measures 22 x 30 inches and is printed on Arches heavyweight etching paper. This usually sells for $1,000

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    I will offer the opportunity for the donor to come and make their dream sculpture in my studio- all materials and instruction included.

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