Lourdes Jiménez

Garden of Change, 2014.

A social participatory event held at The Plant Gallery and Art Alleys, Tallahassee, FL. October 11th from 4pm to 7pm during the annual Gaines Street Fest 2014.

Themed with the changing of the seasons, individuals were invited to participate in creating clay objects that would represent a change both emotional or mental that they’ve been wanting to let go of or discard.

This creation was then “planted” and exposed to the elements. The piece will dry out, crack, and eventually wash away. The disappearing of the object would symbolize closure to each individual, expelling it from the body, transferring it into an object and observe that object sink and disappear into the earth. 

Social and interactive practices such as this brings people together and opens up a dialogue for art and, in this case, clay. People were so eager to participate and be included in this project. Once it began it picked up momentum that carried it out until the end. 

I would, of course, like to thank every single person that came out and participated. The discussions and interactions were so enriching. It was way more that I imagined it to be. I met so many interesting people and I look forward to this happening once more.

Thank you.

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Walls, 2013

lourdes jiménez

interactive clay installation, Liminal Memory, Working Method Contemporary, First Friday June, Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL.

This was a long overdue installation piece that helped me move on. Although I don’t and cant forget the things that I’ve seen and the people that I’ve met, this piece allowed me to let go and start afresh.

I hand built 30 domes, each consisting of three rings. The largest ring at the bottom had a diameter of about 9 inches with the opening at the top of about 5 inches. Hand rolled slabs with image transfers of familiar things, places, and people dominated the inside of each dome. The clay was fired to cone 018 (1319˚ F) which allowed it to be easily stepped on by the public.

I was left with dust and crumbled clay. A monument of scattered images piled up and ready for disposal. 

I would like to thank everyone that came out to the show. It truly was something different for me.

Thank you.

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