Oklahoma City based artist Erin Shaw worked on site at Current Studio for one month to create her art installation The Stream of Stories. The work was inspired by a story written by her son, Samuel Shaw, age nine.
Dozens of children from Oklahoma City provided drawings for Erin to use as source material in creating the life size story book installation. Additionally, Kiana Daneschmand, Natasha Hoskins, and Matthew Hanner contributed to the production of the art.
Learn more about Erin Shaw and The Stream of Stories at http://currentstudio.org/erin-shaw or erinshawart.com.
Work: August 2016
Exhibition: September 8 - October 16
The Stream of Stories by Samuel Shaw
Once upon a time there was a story that I was supposed to tell, but I had forgotten. I had to work very hard at remembering. So I dove into the stream of stories and found it on a purple colored current. The current took me to a far away place sometime ago. I found an opening and set up camp, made a fire and went to bed. In the morning I was awoken by five birds, one of them paled in comparison to the others. The birds were talking about a time before creation. Which the not so colorful bird seemed to know a lot about. They all listened intently as the not so colorful bird took one wing and cut open a sliver in time and space itself. He told them to look in so they all stuck their heads inside. One of them came out and said, but it's just a void why would you show us this? The not so colorful bird said look again and you will see something. They all looked back in and saw a glimpse of something shiny and polished in the distance. It got bigger and bigger and started to look like a key. All of the birds ducked as it flew out. The not so colorful bird caught it with his wing and closed the sliver. He said this is the key that unlocks the gift inside of everything or everyone. Some people know about it some people do not. We are about to talk about someone who does.