“Catharsis” (Photography on silk, vintage wooden cane, gifted pointe shoes)
In a world where, for various reasons, many people find it hard to express the full range of their emotions, tragedies help us to do just that. Catharsis is the process in which a story’s tragic ending allows audiences to experience profound emotional release. The end result of an experience of catharsis is a moral or spiritual sense of renewal, and the viewer often describes feeling “lighter” after intensely emotional endings to a story.
(Shown here in the SCAA Gallery, "Go Figure" Exhibition)
“What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money ... but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth ... In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are "coins" for real things.” . .
I am honored to announce that my sculptural piece, “Silently and Light of Foot” has been juried into the national show, “In Motion” at Rocky Neck Art Colony, located in a restored and renovated 19th-century church building in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Thank you jurist Kim Bernard! . . “Silently and Light of Foot” Such are the ways of things with dance and light. A leap of faith, weightlessly, light on one’s feet . . . into the unknown. . . “Silently and Light of Foot” is a sculptural piece created from gifted but beloved used pointe shoes from the Newport Contemporary Ballet Company dancers and a pre-civil war era shoe rack from one of Massachusetts's oldest mills. The marriage of the two beautiful objects reflects a subtle story of ‘light of foot’ and a reminder that we once weren’t, and then, were, and at some point, won’t be. More exhibition info here: https://www.davidleeblack.com/exhibitions.html.