[One of Susan Begy’s sculptures. Images provided by Susan]
Last Spring, Susan Begy was the Writer’s & Books artist in residence. There she began the Wishbones Project. For the project, Susan solicited texts in any genre from community members. The texts became inspiration for alabaster sculptures. Susan wrote:
I’m so glad you shared your poem “A Period of Mutually Agreed Upon Reflection” with the Wishbones Project. I am sending you some photos of the piece that your words inspired, as well as some of the other “wishbones.” I genuinely enjoyed creating an alabaster sculpture from your narrative.
I read your poem several times prior to and during carving, and the first line really grabbed me. I decided to begin by drilling 3 holes into the center of the stone, which was originally a rectangular shape and pretty translucent. The holes represented the memory path for the 3 men she had to forget. The rest of the carving process seemed to give form to the drama and indelible life events. In the end it looks a bit like a shell.
All the sculptures will be on display in my studio above the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) on First Fridays this fall. RoCo will be open for First Friday in September, October, and December from 6-9 pm at 137 East Avenue.
There will also be a documentary video of the Wishbones Project on my website in September—susanbegy.com.
Thank you so much for participating
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