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OCEAN OF THOUGHT

Installation by Michelle Firment Reid

January 15 – February 22
AHHA Creative Studios + Main Gallery + Loft

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The nature of my exhibition, Ocean of Thought, involves the continuation of my interest in the fate and transition of thoughts while incorporating my work, asemic writing, man-made materials, and elements of nature. I desire finding new ways to show the relationship between the natural world, artist, art, and viewer with the transformation of materials in a visual poetic resonance.

The ocean has been a main constant and familiar place in my life, especially when moving often as a child. Now residing in landlocked Oklahoma for 17 years, I visit the ocean annually. It is in its vast and deep body of water where I find tranquility, connection to myself, and all around me. Our lives continue in constant change, an ebb and flow similar to ocean tides. Perhaps some of us find peace by the ocean in its rhythmic movement and desire to create a harmony within ourselves, synchronizing in time with the waves.

The ocean covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, contains 97 percent of the planet’s water, yet more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored. I visualize our thoughts, though individually our own, together as one large ocean mind, existing in this vast liquid universe of life. Our ‘ocean of thought’ affects each of our individual lives and the world around us, each thought containing the possible surface crests of our emotions, words and actions. With a large majority of our thoughts in the recess of our minds, I feel we benefit to be the awareness behind them so when we choose to have some of our thoughts reach the surface to breathe, sail or take flight through our words and actions, they do so in the best light and affection for all around us.

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


SATELLITES OF THOUGHT WORKSHOP

If you were able to create a satellite which projected a thought back to earth and out to the universe, what would your thought be?

This January at AHHA, artist Michelle Firment Reid invites the community, young and old, to create a mini ‘Satellite of Thought’ in our first floor creative studios. Simple instruction, inspiration, and materials will be provided. Art satellites completed prior to January 30th will be rotated on display throughout Reid’s exhibition, “Ocean of Thought” until February 22nd.

All participants must provide their name and contact information. After the exhibition has concluded, participants will be notified when they may pick up satellites during the week of February 23-27, 2015. Otherwise, art materials will be recycled.

Satellite of Thought creative studio times:
Jan 15 – February 15
Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm

Participation is free and open to the public.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

MICHELLE FIRMENT REID (b. 1968, Latrobe, Pennsylvania) creates works commenting on her interest in the transcendence of thought. Known for her commitment to process, she enjoys working across painting, photography, video and mixed media sculpture. In much of her work Reid conveys thought through asemic writing, a wordless open form of writing seeking to give the viewer a way to hover in a state between reflecting on their own interpretation and seeing. In recent years, Reid has gone beyond the canvas edge to installation art, giving a wider scope into the landscape of her artist mind. Reid graduated from The Corcoran College of Art and Design, (BFA, 1991) and has since been working full time as an artist, often inspired by nature’s elements. Her solo exhibits in Oklahoma include Gaylord-Pickens Museum (2008), M.A. Doran Gallery (2008, 2010, 2012), PAC Gallery (2006, 2008, 2014), Living Arts (2013), and TAC Gallery (2012). Reid lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.