Creating wordlessness in a chaotic world is inherently valuable. There are many ways to enter into a preverbal experience and artmaking is my favorite. It is my quiet place. Artmaking is a unique experience because as my hands are in the process of making, I am attuned to my materials and they speak to me. Words are not part of the process. In this way I create pieces that express that which has no words and I can begin to recognize my deeper consciousness, my feelings, my fears and my humor.
Children are able to enter this space without any inhibitions. It is only as they are asked to explain what they are doing that they must apply words to this experience. Artists are able to access this space and it can often be lifesaving. If not lifesaving at least an incredible adventure.
My inquiry as I create Art Lab Everett and hope to encourage both adults and children to explore this space without words is to understand how to offer the experience without my own need to name what participants in my workshops are making. The ability to create without judgment is a rare opportunity to be at peace with oneself.
Image Above by the Martha Chason-Sokol
Plumb Pink, Discarded plumbing supplies, melted plastic takeout containers, green rolling storage container, upside down clear wastebasket, wood debris, household debris, electrical tape, packing tape, 68 x 32 x 38 inches, 2021
Photo, courtesy of Tiziana Rozzo