The Creative Wellness Opportunities donated raw masks to use to create for an upcoming virtual art show “Unmasking Gratitude and Resiliency”.
“This workshop celebrates the spirit of community and the roles and power that gratitude and resiliency have in our lives through mask making. In this workshop, we will create masks reflecting our lived experiences with gratitude and resilience. Masks should be an expression of a feeling, thought and mood of the themes explored but not of a culture. Your mask should reflect your inner understanding of gratitude and resiliency.”
The questions that we had to answer and submit with the mask for the show: “What roles resiliency and gratitude have played in your lived experience? How is it reflected in your mask?“
What roles resiliency and gratitude have played in your lived experience? … … My answer: Without resilience and gratitude I would not have been able to survive a year like 2020. With health issues, job issues, isolation, and watching Blossom slowly die of cancer. Deciding to make mini adventures with Blossom and for Blossom gave me the energy to also create mini adventures for myself. Admitting the need to be grateful in hand gave me the resilience that I needed. And I still honor that.
How is it reflected in your mask? … … My answer: On a very dark gloomy morning, after a windy wet storm the night before, I went outside to discover any damage to my property. I instead found inspiration in a small branch barely hooked onto a slightly larger branch which was also barely hooked onto an even bigger branch in my maple tree. They were all dangling over the street. I felt the urge to write a spiritual poem about the moment. I took this picture to document how dark and gloomy the sky could be perceived and how precariously the branches were dangling. My tangible resilient gratitude produced this poem “Hanging on for The Joy”.
“Hanging on for The Joy”
Hanging on for the joy and interaction of life
To swing in the fresh air love of neighborhood
To be in the moment of entanglement
To see the joy in just being
To smile in the precision of escape
Oh, my sweet partner, let us be love in this moment
Let us share…
Karin R. Staples © 2021
Yes, the title is capitalized differently than the poem, on purpose.
Many thanks to my MSU friend Eddie… he helped me gain perspective while I was creating the mask. I originally was going to have the poem typed up and glued on. He suggested having it written directly on the mask and to have it overlap both sides. Genius!
FYI: The mask was created by cutting my photo out and gluing it on, using a marker to pen the poem, and water color paints to fill out the emotions and mood of the poem and picture.
When the art show is ready, I will add the link to this blog entry.
I just found out that the poem and picture has been published in “The Geneseean”, which is the newsletter of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. May 2021 issue, page 21. https://adk-gvc.org/our-chapter/newsletter/
I also was able to read it/show it during my church zoom service on Sunday, May 2nd.