Friday, October 16, 2009, 7 pm, or
Saturday, October 17, 2009, 7 pm
The “Our Lady of Sorrows Project” is a visual art/performance installation collaboratively created by Malley Weber of Hallowell, and by Amy Woodruff of Louisiana. There will be two performances of the Our Lady of Sorrows Project at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, on Friday and Saturday, October 16 & 17, 2009. Performances will start at 7pm both evenings. Spectators will be welcomed into the space of the visual art and to view the performers (who will appear as living works of visual art). This installation will conclude with a New Orleans-style “second line” to celebrate experienced grief, and spectators will be encouraged to join in if willing. The artists will serve as guides for this finale. The Our Lady of Sorrows Project debuted at Goddard College of Vermont in July 2009.
The project addresses issues of grief, loss, and mourning using archetypes that are feminine and universal. Specifically, these issues consist of the traumatic death of family, lost loves, divorce, the trauma of natural disaster, and the illness of depressive disorder. Archetypes used in the project include the Tarot, early 19th century mourning traditions, and incarnations of the Catholic Mary and her Voudou counterpart Ezili Freda. Other themes include: tears and weeping as aspects of the water element and symbols of rain, rebirth, and fertility; and clay as earth, digging, unearthing, revealing and exposing of underlying pain and grief, building and rebuilding, and the transformation of entities.
Of Note: This installation will conclude with a New Orleans-style “second line” to celebrate experienced grief, and spectators will be encouraged to join in if willing. The artists will serve as guides for this finale. A second line walking parade is a core element of a jazz funeral, in which mourners dance through the neighborhood streets as a group, and it is a celebration of the life of the deceased. As the second line moves past each block, residents of houses come out to join the throng. The parade begins small, and ends as a huge crowd at the cemetery. Organizers carry parasols, and sympathizers dance with handkerchiefs. The bereaved family walks alongside the coffin, carrying flowers and large images of the deceased.
Malley “Weepy” Weber is a potter, sculptor, and teacher based in Hallowell, Maine. She earned her BA in English/Writing Arts from State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego and began working in clay at the University in 1985 with Richard Zakin. She is primarily self-taught and continues her education through workshops and apprenticeships with her elder colleagues in clay. She operates her own clay teaching studio called Hallowell Clay Works and offers classes to children and adults in her community. Her functional line of work can be found in galleries along the east coast. She is a founding member and President of the Central Maine Clay Artists and is currently dedicating her time to digging local clay and developing a clay body for use in her studio and functional work. She is currently using this Maine clay body for her sculpture. The figures that you see for this show will be part of a larger show titled “Mud, Sweat, and Tears.” She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College of Vermont.
Amy “Creepy” Woodruff is a Louisiana intermedia artist working in performance, fabric/costume arts, and media projection. She holds a BA in Theatre from McNeese University, and she has trained with Dah Teatar of Serbia, Odin Teatret of Denmark, Shakespeare & Company of Massachusetts, and Vortex Repertory Theatre of Austin, Texas. She created Theatre Louisiane, Inc. in 1999, where she has developed eleven provocative, critically-acclaimed pieces. Her works have been seen at six diverse New Orleans spaces, and on five occasions at the Dramarama festival at the Contemporary Arts Center. Woodruff has received grants from the Louisiana Division of The Arts and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation of New Orleans, and she has appeared as a Guest Artist in her multimedia version of Lovecraft’s “The Music of Erich Zann” at McNeese University Theatre, and in her solo work “dis+graced” at the Montréal Fringe Festival in Canada. She is also a member of Four Humours Theatre of New Orleans. Currently she is performing her original work-in-progress “Moon Cove.” She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College of Vermont.
Publicity images are readily available upon request, and the artists are available for interviews.