Offerings: The Art of giving
INSTALLATION
  1. Nesting a Place Through Layers
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    Nesting a Place Through Layers
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    Nesting a Place Through Layers
OFFERINGS: THE ART OF GIVING   
​INSTALLATION
Offerings through human history has been associated with religious and spiritual connotations making them an intricate part of human love and suffering. Even if we are beings with a very defined individuality, we have always lived with a group of peers crafting community and culture. Since we have developed ourselves as makers, giving has been a common practice in our own nature. Every time we create, we do it sharing, sometimes unconsciously and sometimes with a specific purpose. Being makers and creators compels us to give.

Although, giving is a common form of offering in every community, artists and poets have made this practice a cultural conversation about spiritual connection, that is an ongoing practice. By recognizing the complexities of historical rituals of offering, we could add our own voices to our contemporary cultural conversation through the art of giving. Art speaks to us as a spiritual force that shakes our conform zone feeling devotion, passion, love, discomfort, distress and pain.

The Webster's dictionary defines offering as “the act of one who offers”. Offerings: The Art of Giving is a series of installations of printmaking works using the techniques of Collagraph, Etching, Linocuts and Silkscreen, all inspired by works of poetry that explore devotion, gratitude and pain.

NESTING A PLACE THROUGH LAYERS, an installation consisting of 12 Collagraph-Intaglio 6 x 6 inches each on archival paper, inspired by the poem Love is a Place by E.E. Cummings framed (8x10 in) and presented with three wooden vessels painting in white as a resemblance of the offering of life.
 
DOES IT HURT ME? an installation comprising 12 Intaglio-Etchings 8 x10 inches each on archival paper, inspired by the poem Humorismos Tristes (Sad Humorisms) by Mexican poet Luis G. Urbina framed (11x14 in) and presented with three wooden vessels painting in black as a portrait of the offering of pain and suffering.
     
CARRYING YOUR HEART, an installation embracing the spiritual concept to carry the weight of love through hope and longing. The installation consists of 15 Linocuts 12x12 inches each on archival paper, inspired by the poem [I carry your heart with me (I carry it in] by E.E. Cummings framed (19x19 in) and presented as one whole piece.

THEIRS IS A BITTER ROOT, an installation consisting of 6 Silkscreen prints 9x10 inches each on archival paper, inspired by the poem Gacela of the Bitter Root by Federico Garcia Lorca, framed (11x14 in) and presented with four wooden vessels painting in grey as an adulation to the pain love sometimes bring within.

The goal of these series of installations is to find a way throughout the repetition of images and objects to transfer the feelings of love and despair to the viewer and make them emerge while venerating the embedded beauty of the spirituality, devotion and pain that comes from the common act of giving.
    

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© 2017 Belinda Flores-Shinshillas