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"Wolf Deity #1"
Heavy body acrylic spray paint+ repurposed paper on wood panel.
49 5/8" x 97 5/8"
May. 3, 2023 - Sep. 3, 2023 | Robert C. & Susan Savage Community Gallery
Exhibition Statement by Ambz
As business owners, organizations, and community members, we are leaders ensuring that all experience belonging. We can offer belonging to ourselves and in our communities by committing to tough conversations that challenge our ideologies and perspectives, continual policy development, and internal examination. Our belonging is established through our actions, through our language, and in environments that we cultivate for one another.
Birthing of Our Belonging in October 2019 was illuminated as an unannounced homecoming to the area I was once raised. Re-entering a community as the person I had become, belonging is much of an internal examination as it is an external one. Our Belonging is a symbolic embodiment, an expression of the times, for belonging. Built with repurposed papers, wood, and a mixture of heavy body acrylics and spray paint. Transmuting collective and personal experiences through storytelling and painting.
Our Belonging interviews and storytellers joined in July of 2020 as they served to shift belonging from my own personal journey to center the collective journey of Our Belonging. Through the storytellers lens, I have learned that, in a very predominantly white, conservative community, belonging is not something that is easily felt or visible for Indigenous, Black, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ community members, and other historically underserved groups. We must belong to ourselves first before we can begin to belong in a community.
Here is an offering for the community to engage and examine one's own relationship with belonging. Bridging our understanding of belonging between each of our own experiences is a personal feeling and experience essential to our very well-being and livelihood. Obtained through and offered by kindness, compassion, and equanimity, the more we belong to each other.
We have an opportunity and responsibility to each other and the earth towards belonging.
Organized by the Toledo Museum of Art as part of the Robert C. and Susan Savage Community Gallery which operates as a catalyst of creativity, mentorship and opportunity while fostering mutually enriching relationships with local, regional, and national artists with an emphasis on community engagement.
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