More than the Component Parts: Collaborative Drawings with the Paradise Garden Project

Upon deciding to return to Durham, the little logistical puzzle pieces fell effortlessly into place.  With just a few quick emails there was an apartment, a job, friends, and now drawing collaborators… There was no denying it: Durham is home.

As my first dive into back into the arts scene in Durham, I was invited to participate in the Paradise Garden Project, led by Lee Moore Crawford, at The Carrack Modern Art (run by the unstoppable Laura Ritchie).

Sample of artwork in the Paradise Garden Project

This exhibition was a multi-media installation created by artists with local roots and worldly aspirations inspired by living botanical elements and art that speaks to the bounty and beauty of the Earth.

The Paradise Garden Project features artwork by:

Ann Marie Kennedy

Beth Tacular

Katherine Whalen

Lauren Adams

Lee Moore Crawford

Linda Dallas

Jennifer Collins-Mancour

Maryah Smith-Overman

My contribution was to lead a collaborative drawing session for folks to come use this living exhibition as an inspiration for their own drawings.  One person would begin a drawing and then give it to another person to finish it.

Collaborative Drawing Session with the Paradise Garden Project at The Carrack Modern Art (Photo Credit: Laura Ritchie)

Collaborative Drawing Session with the Paradise Garden Project at The Carrack Modern Art (Photo Credit: Laura Ritchie)

This method for creating drawings prompted such an excited response that I am staging more and more opportunities for artists to contribute.  

For the next two weeks (until November 1, 2013), I will have open studio hours at my little studio in Durham for you to drop by and collaborate on these ever-evolving drawings.  If you are interested, email me for more information!  

“In the end, all collaborations are love stories.”
— Twyla Tharp (The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together)

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