So I am sitting here at Starbucks attempting to get my words together while also trying not to completely begin bawling my eyes out here in public. I am overwhelmed by the support and love I have received from people across this city and across this life of mine. #RuminateCLT is now the my biggest life accomplishment, knocking the 10 mile race I ran on my 24th birthday down a notch. #RuminateCLT has taken me on an incredible ride. I finally took an opportunity to explore my work as an artist, and it magically allowed me to also share, with everybody, the existence of passion, freedom and connectedness that we all desire to experience.
Most of my adult life has been a slippery slope struggling to define and explain the who, what, where, when and why of the things I deeply desired to do. And then I began to DO something. While painting I discovered that words complicate the shit out of most things and that DOING is the ultimate way to connect ideas with people. As this project expanded into more than I could have ever imagined, I have met and bonded and have grown so much with some of the greatest people of my life in such a short time.
I want so badly to go through tagging and mentioning every single person that has supported #RuminateCLT, but it would be so time consuming because there are SO many of you and my memory is so tricky that I could literally remember every favorited tweet, every post-it goat, every story written to every familiar face I saw in the room last night and all of those who couldn't make it but were absolutely ghostly present.
There is no big or small when it comes to the support you can give or receive.... love is love and I love everyone.
My Artist Statement for #RuminateCLT:
“I founded The Ruminate Project as a result of the ironic discovery that creating arts is not what I am passionate about. I realized that the arts I creat need to be used as both a tool and a platform to translate experiences and voices of others onto my canvas. I believe this creates a bond of creative connectedness which is a step beyond just bringing two elements together.
The Ruminate Project's philosophy stems from the personification of rumination process some farm animals undergo for digestion. We often find ourselves "chewing the cud" or ruminating on an idea or decision for far to long. That hesitation can be frustrating and almost painful, I hope to collaborate with more artists, creatives and groups to create experiences that reminds people to swallow their cud, so that they can proceed to take their next bite.
When I began #RuminateCLT, I wanted to spotlight the crazy amount of creative talents that chefs express on the plates of food that we often devour in a matter of minutes. There is something intriguing to me about the timing, preparation, replication and disappearance of the artful plates that leave the kitchen on a day-to-day basis. Social media has created an awesome resource for both kitchens and foodies alike, but photographing, tagging and checking in are flattering there still feels like a slight disconnect of appreciation for the oozing passion and a community that they have built to support one another. So I thought, what better than to begin painting the plates of food. (#Theartofpaintingplates)
In a city that's experiencing cultural metamorphosis, it is very important us to findthose gaps that exist and fill them in a beautiful way to connect the people. Food+ art seems like agood place to start…”