The Adventures of Gingerella is a 17 1/2' painting, which I created in September, 2013 at The Vermont Studio Center, as part of an artist's residency. It recalls Indian miniatures from my recent trip to India and resonates with the theme of peace and harmony. The painting will be the focal point of the art installation in Riverhead, New York this August. Within the dreamscape of the painting live four-leggeds, two-leggeds, belly crawlers, swimmers, and flyers. Gingerella, a peace warrior, is an interloper in their serene world and learns lessons of peaceful coexistence.She meets Giraffe, Indian Cow, Snake, Crocodile, Ganesh, and others who inhabit the dreamscape. The written story portion of the installation will play throughout for visitors to listen to as they walk within the dreamscape.
The goal of the Gingerella project is to create a fanciful and whimsical setting within a storefront in Riverhead. With the help of other artists the story will come to life as visitors enter, become part of the vision and interact with the environment. We will walk from the installation on Main Street to the Community Gardens where the community may write and draw their personal reflections of peace and non-injury onto small peace flags and hang them around the gardens. The walk with artists and community symbolizes the small steps we can each take to create a more loving peaceful world.
This undertaking won't be able to happen without some financial support from my friends, family & fans. Even peacemaking has a price tag & in this case I must purchase materials and pay for a big cargo van to transport the exhibit back and forth to Riverhead, 59 miles each way doorstep to doorstep.My goal of $3,500 will only be covered by you if I reach the goal. If it is less than that I receive nothing, so please take that step and donate something for Gingerella and the Peaceful Planet Project. Namaste
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of this project are in the technical end, which will be the actual creation of the audio component and hanging the installation itself. The weather, of course, is always a challenge. I live 59 miles from Riverhead and transportation of collaborators and materials to work on the project will be difficult, but we will overcome. I think the biggest challenge has been in reaching out to find a secure space where we can keep the artwork, etc for the duration of the project. We are also dependent on the community support and there may be some changes in dates, so it's hard to plan, but we are determined to achieve our goals and make the Peaceful Planet a reality.
The final challenge has been the creation of a video that is now part of my kickstarter campaign. With each obstacle there has also been the wow factor when I realize that I can do it. It takes a lot of courage to make commitments, yet the reward is the accomplishment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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