Identity, Race, Diversity, Humanity: The Creative Art of Letitia Eldredge
Each day in studio begins on an inquisitive note…with a Writing exercise. Through writing, I search the depths of heart’s and mind’s “inner spaces” for clarity and decisions which also may produce concepts for visual art. For me, Visual Art, next to Poetry, creates a declarative symbolic depiction of the same source of intuitive thoughts. Throughout my life this meditative practice has supplied my art with motive and information. I believe that art creation, in all media, offers the fresh opportunity to look at the world through new eyes, and speak to the world in new languages directly connected to Soul.
Why Clay? On the subject of ceramics, although the enthusiasm I have for this medium is difficult for me to explain, I have intellectually whittled it down to the simplicity in attraction to life's fundamentals: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. I presume it is the elementary composition I am innately drawn to in exploring with this medium. The clay object gives to the creator its opportunity for permanence, richness and beauty. Its fluid modeling properties, with its capacity for intimacy, offers functionality which can engender a spiritual component into daily life applications.
Why Masks? Masks partner clay with the dance of everyday life. In my Art, the mask form supplies a framework for psychological components—whether it is a personae, a church, a landscape, a space idea, or any metaphoric reference, it will take on an anthropomorphic aspect, linking it to live humanity. The use of masks is a transformative concept. For example, once the mask “identity” animates, that image begins to operate as face of Man. However it is perceived is ultimately how it was conceived, totally subject to the impressions of the viewers.
Why Performance Art? The Performance Art medium, or dance design, as I refer to it for my own purposes, functions as a vehicle for unique live content. During this artistic process, pure imagination crosses thresholds in real time that bond the artist and viewer with emotion and memory. Whereas a sculptor of three-dimensional art might use primary elements such as Earth, Air, Fire, and Water to manage her ideas into metaphor, she is also separating her personal essence from that projected form. My goal has been to aim for an experience which will carry all the participants through the perceptual gateway of reality, and into an alternative reality. By igniting transformation, performance art opens the channels for the active archetypal energies to play. A mask without the actor represents its potential dance.
Why ”Identity, Race, Diversity, and Humanity”? This theme addresses the phenomena of psychological social fabrications, where situation and circumstance controls context along with our basic human potentials-- we are thus created as we are seen; likewise, we are emulations of what we see. Our soul identities are reflections. Influences urge a character’s formation. This exhibition, “Identity, Race, Diversity and Humanity,” presents various faces of personality. Pictured here in ceramic masks, drawings, paintings, and notebooks we find identity constructs, personalities. We find the dance of humanity.