Warm greetings to you! I hope this letter finds you well. I am grateful to you for receiving my news.
Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport
I am pleased to announce the installation of Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels!, two original artworks commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minn. Based on two of my paintings, each mosaic is 115.5 x 120 x 1 inches and constructed of smalti glass, cut and assembled by Travisanutto Giovanni SRL in Spilimbergo, Italy in collaboration with Miotto Mosaics Art Studios of New York. Smalti (the plural of smalto) are specialized mosaic tesserae (tiny hand-cut tiles) made from richly colored glass. Originally developed for Byzantine mosaics, the glass contains metal oxides which produce an almost infinite range of rich, luminous colors.
The two works are the first pieces of nonrepresentational art to be commissioned by the MSP Airport Foundation to join its permanent art collection. To view a time lapse video installation of the works, follow the links here and here.
These works are created with the idea that color is an energy; a life force. The aim is to evoke hope, friendship, and cross-cultural exchange, engaging people across cultural and geographical boundaries. I hope this creative optimism sends travelers onward with a sense of peace and wellbeing.
Completed this week as well was a commissioned work created for the Redleaf Center for Family Healing in Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Medical Center affiliate offers mental health and parenting support for families. Gratitude is aparticipatory piece consisting of 500 6 x 6 inch pieces for clients and families to share written or drawn messages of gratitude with accompanying I Love You Institute markers. The finished work is 8 x 4 feet, mounted on painted canvas with tiny knobs and grommets
The project is part of my I Love You Institute, an artist-led site-specific project urgently working with communities to creatively address today’s world by combining art making, social justice, radical kindness, and relational listening to normalize saying “I Love You” as an alternative to division and conflict..