I had an amazing experience with the equally amazing crew at the Brush Square Museums (O.Henry Museum and Susanna Dickinson Museum.) They were gracious in their commission of a new work for their grounds for SXSW! Here is my artist statement about [sedimental stories]
There are many kinds of walls in the world. There are walls that separate and divide people. Some are symbols of power and dominance. Other walls are places for people to gather and express their faith.Then, there are walls where people’s stories are told. They act as repositories for histories to mingle and intertwine. The histories are layered and overlap. They are pressed against one another like pages. They are [sedimental stories].
Much like the walls of the O.Henry and Susanna Dickinson Museums contain the histories of the famous Texas writer and Alamo survivor, [sedimental stories] is about histories. It references an evolving story of the people of Austin. It is not the history of the famous, or the affluent. It is not a history of the noteworthy, but of the common people who get lost in the shuffle of a city’s bustling growth. This permeable wall acts as documentation of the colorful threads that weave together the Austin’s past and present, layer upon layer reminding us of who we are as s city.