|Alexandria, VA – (August 2016)
Convergence Arts Initiative cordially invites one and all to join us for the Opening Reception of The Silent World on Friday, August 12 at 7pm.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
The Silent World explores the effects of society, education, and age on the creative process. Ms. Cureux operates under the presumption that children have free and open minds regarding artistry and imagination, whereas adults are often timid about creation, or assume they’re going to fail. Thus, the Artist explores the questions: As we age, is it fear or the perception of limited ability that hinders our capacity for innovation? What happens to the creative human mind as we get older and how do often rigid societal expectations associated with education and artistic ability morph our creative processes?
Named as an homage to the pioneering 1950s Jacques Cousteau works documenting early deep water exploration, The Silent World engages a broad spectrum of age groups, from those in pre-school, to those holding doctoral degrees. Upon viewing the exhibit, all participants were offered the following prompt:
95% of the ocean is still unexplored. Make something that’s never been seen before that you think lives in the deep ocean.
Additionally, each participant was given the same materials and time frame to complete their piece. The primary medium for The Silent World was painting and low relief.
After the creation process, 2-3 pieces per demographic group were selected for an exhibit in the Gallery at Convergence in Alexandria, Virginia. The creators of the pieces selected for the show have been invited with their families to attend the show opening. They will be asked to discuss their pieces with the community.
“My true hope is that the project will open a dialogue within the community regarding how our creativity is affected by our age and societal expectations. As the viewers read the quotes from the interviews and see the finished pieces, they will not only be able to discuss this question, but will be able to connect with other members of the community through introspection and shared creative habits and feelings.”- Isabel Cureux